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what is the difference between the common cold and the flu?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches.

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Viruses: Common colds are caused by viruses, rhinovirus is the most common.
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Common cold: Common cold=uri (upper respiratory infection) is runny nose, stuffy nose, coughing.
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Could there be a difference between the flu and the common cold?

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Most definitely: Influenza is much more severe with higher fevers and much longer lasting.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Help please? I want to know what are the differences between a common cold and the flu?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold vs Flu: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. Common cold symptoms include: cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever ; mild body aches. Flu symptoms are generally worse than having a cold.

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