Cold or Flu, how to tell the difference.

@redkathy (3379)
United States
November 4, 2008 8:17am CST
Very good question right. Well here's a snippet from remedy life concerning the question... Is It the Flu or a Cold? "It’s easy to confuse a common cold with the flu. A cold is milder than the flu, but since the flu can make older people very sick, you should know the difference. That way you will know when to call the doctor who might want to give you a prescription for medicines that can help you get over the flu. People with the flu can have fever, chills, dry cough, general aches and pains, and a headache. They feel very tired. Sore throat, sneezing, stuffy nose or stomach problems are less common. What some people call “stomach flu” is not influenza." It's really a great article. It talks about how severe the flu can be for older people, I guess that includes me now too. It warns about secondary infection, gives ideas on how it spreads and how to prevent from getting either one. It even talks about the "Bird Flu", something I personally knew little about. But the thing I liked best about the article was that it gave a handy chart of symptoms comparisons for a cold and the flu. Symptoms-----------------If it’s a cold -----If it’s the flu Fever--------------------rare----------------usual Headache-----------------rare----------------common General aches, pains-----slight--------------usual; often severe Tiredness, weakness------sometimes-----------usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks Extreme exhaustion-------never---------------usual when first getting sick Stuffy nose--------------common--------------sometimes Sneezing-----------------usual---------------sometimes Sore throat--------------common--------------sometimes Chest discomfort, cough--mild to moderate hacking cough--- common;can become severe You can read this article here http://www.remedylife.com/general/articles/content?cid=1742&ctid=2 Do you think the chart is handy? How about the article, was it helpful or common knowledge?
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I usualy knew because of the body aches. Thank you for posting this, it will help everyone.and hope none of us catch these nasty bugs!
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
5 Nov 08
I never knew that there is a difference between the two. I have always thought that people refer to them as a cold or a flu based on a habit of calling it a cold or a flu. Either way, we still go to the doctor to get some medicine to relief some of the nasty symptom like fever or the cough. And of course, a few days of rest away from work is always a welcome.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Eh, I suppose sometimes that chart's useful...but most of the time when I get sick it's a combo of symptoms from both flus and colds. Always different. Since they mutate alot and the home treatment is usually the same...*shrugs*
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
4 Nov 08
any new info is always good. don't any of us get too old to lern something new.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I always recognize a cold by a sore throat and stuffy nose, flu is sore all over and throwing up, cold is never throwing up but sometimes is sore all over. It temp is high with headache I usually call or go to Doctor, We are both older and must take these things very seriously.