Cold vs Flu: How do you know?

How do you know if you have a cold or a flu? Here are some tips to help you out:

Cold Symptoms:
Mild-moderate Cough
Mild Aches and Pains
Sore Throat
Stuffy and/or Runny Nose
Sneezing
Fatigue
Watery Eyes
Sometimes you can experience a fever* and a headache
* Fevers may be present in children.

A cold builds slowly, usually over 2-3 days and starts with a sore throat or runny nose, and lasts up to 7-9 days. It spreads through the air, in stool, coughs and sneezes, and on items touched.

Flu Symptoms:
Severe Cough
Mild-High Fever that can last up to 4 days
Severe Body Aches and Pains
Headache
Sometimes you can experience sneezing and watering eyes
Children may experience watery eyes or sneezing.

The flu comes on quickly, with a tickle in the throat in the morning and then feeling like mud by afternoon. It is also more intense than a cold, and last up to 12-14 days. It spreads through coughs and sneeze.

Remember the cold and flu are viruses, so antibiotics won’t help. Stay warm, drink lots of fluids, and rest when you can. If you feel that the cold or flu has developed into something else, please visit your doctor immediately.

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