We treat patients regularly for symptoms relating to both Colds and the Flu and to the average person, these two illnesses can be very difficult to tell apart. While a cold is often a passing sickness, the Flu can have much harsher symptoms and can sometimes be life-threatening. The good people over at CareWorksHealth.com put together this little table to help understand better the symptoms related to both illnesses:

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

FeverRare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102 degrees F (39 degrees C) in infants and small childrenUsually 102 degrees F (39 degrees C), but can go up to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) and usually lasts 3 to 4 days
HeadacheRareSudden onset and can be severe
General muscle aches and painsSometimes, mildUsual, and often severe
Tiredness and weaknessSometimes, mildOften extreme, and can last two or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion or fatigueRareVery common, sudden onset and can be severe
Runny, stuffy noseCommonCommon
SneezingCommonSometimes
Sore throatCommonCommon
CoughSometimes, mild hacking coughUsual, and can become severe
ComplicationCan lead to sinus congestion or earacheCan lead to pneumonia and severe respiratory problems, can worsen other chronic health problems

It is important to see a physician immediately if you have any questions regarding your health especially in regards to the flu. Contact our office immediately to schedule a consultation.

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