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what is the difference between cold and flu

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
16 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Some overlap: Most people have frequent "colds" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to t ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold vs flu symptoms: Flu symptoms may include fever, sore throat, cough, achiness all over, headache, chills, feeling tired, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea ... Read More
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Different virus: Flu symptoms more intense than cold symptoms
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Flu vs Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fat ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold vs flu: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Head ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: Depends on what you mean by the words. A cold can be caused by many different kinds of viruses. Influenza which some call flu is a particular virus. S ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold vs flu: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me help: The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses. Flu symptoms usually come on quickly (within 3-6 ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
24 years experience Family Medicine
Different viruses: Influenza is caused by a very specific type of virus. It is highly contagious and can be very severe depending on the patient. The common cold is c ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Froude
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes and yes.: Cold weather does not in itself lead to viruses. It is possible that in cold weather people are in closer contact with each other which facilitates t ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Most definitely: Influenza is much more severe with higher fevers and much longer lasting.

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