This is the time of the year when are often facing so many symptoms of flu or cold. Both are very similar, but what you need to know are the differences so that you can be prepared to with the right remedies.
A cold is a slighter respiratory infection than the flu. While cold symptoms ted to make you feel bad for a couple of days, flu symptoms can make you feel pretty ill for a more than couple of days sometimes going up to couple of weeks. The flu can also result in more grave health problems such as pneumonia that sometimes lead to hospitalizations.
A cold usually start with a sore throat, which normally goes away after a day or two. Nasal symptoms, runny nose, and then congestion follow, along with a mild cough by the fifth days. A slight fever is also possible, but yet, not very common in adults. Children are more likely to have higher fever with a cold.
But when it comes to flu, symptoms are usually much more severe than cold symptoms and seen to attack the body faster than a cold. Symptoms of flu include sore throat, mild to high fever, muscle aches, soreness, sometimes extreme headache, congestion, and cough. Some types of flu may even include vomiting and diarrhea.
In a nutshell, a flu is considered more dramatically than a simple cold. The good news is that you can prevent both of them by washing your hands often, getting the flu vaccine (in case of flu) on yearly basis and specially by avoiding a close contact with someone who has flu or cold symptoms.
If the harm is already done and you are affected by a cold, you can always use over the counter medicine that will help relieve the pain and reduce the fever in case you have fever. Same thing applies to flu, but in some cases you will need to visit your doctor for some prescribed medication such as an antiviral.