flu or cold?

United States
December 19, 2008 3:42pm CST
how to tell if it is the flu or just a cold?
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@rusty2rusty (6765)
• Defiance, Ohio
20 Dec 08
Isn't a cold just another name for the flu?
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• United States
24 Dec 08
sorry rusty i have no ideal?
• Lubbock, Texas
19 Dec 08
It can be really hard to tell whether it's cold, flu or allergies, but here are a couple of sites that might help. From http://health.yahoo.com/flu-symptoms/influenza-symptoms/healthwise--hw122044.html The symptoms of influenza (flu) appear suddenly and often include: Related Articles * Influenza - Topic Overview * Influenza - Treatment Overview » More symptoms Articles * Fever of 100° (37.8°) to 104° (40°), which can reach 106° (41°) when symptoms first develop. Fever is usually continuous, but it may come and go. Fever may be lower in older adults than in children and younger adults. When fever is high, other symptoms usually are more severe. * Body aches and muscle pain (often severe), commonly in the back, arms, or legs. * Headache. * Pain when you move your eyes. * Fatigue, a general feeling of sickness (malaise), and loss of appetite. * A dry cough, runny nose, and dry or sore throat. You may not notice these during the first few days of the illness when other symptoms are more severe. As your fever goes away, these symptoms may become more evident. Influenza usually does not cause symptoms in the stomach or intestines, such as vomiting and diarrhea. From:http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cold-symptoms-types Symptoms Common Cold Symptoms: What’s Normal, What’s Not Got a raspy cough? Can’t stop sneezing? Maybe you feel achy and fatigued. Chances are you have a cold. Learn about common cold symptoms so you’ll know if you need to call the doctor.
• United States
24 Dec 08
Thank you for the great link nad reply! That is what my 8 year old had! yuck!