A 16-year-old female asked:
what is the difference between a cold and the flu ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered
48 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 hours) and consist of a fever, body aches, dry cough, and extreme tiredness. Cold symptoms are less severe and people experience a stuffy nose, productive cough, slight tiredness, and limited body aches.
Answered on Jan 25, 2013
Dr. Randy Baker answered
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Different viruses: Colds are caused by the 99 or more varieties of rhinovirus; symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, cough with mild fatigue/achiness & little or no fever, usually lasts a week & you can function. People use the "flu" loosely but actual influenza is a serious illness- you feel you've been hit by a truck, fever, exhaustion, achiness, sore throat, sneezing, cough, can't function. See comment:.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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