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Cold versus flu? What are the differences between cold and flu symptoms?

Cold versus flu? What are the differences between cold and flu symptoms?

Cold is mildler: Last few day with fever les then 102f flu on the other hand lasts longer with temp up to 103-104, lasts longer and gives more complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more


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What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in infants?

What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in infants?

Flu vs. Cold: Both caused by viruses and symptoms can be almost indistinguishable. Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches and pains are common. Infants with flu tend to have higher fevers, febrile seizures, GI issues (vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite) with less prominent respiratory findings. Both usually resolve with symptomatic management but flu can sometimes require hospitalization. ...Read more

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What are the differences between swine flu and cold?

What are the differences between swine flu and  cold?

Flu has...: ...Much higher fever, more severe pain and cough, and far more complications. ...Read more

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What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in a toddler?

What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in a toddler?

Influenza is worse: Both are viral infections, so a toddler will have a medium fever (between 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit) but the flu fever lasts longer and the child looks sicker. ...Read more

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How are the flu and the common cold different?

How are the flu and the common cold different?

Flu: The flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, nausea, emesis and diarrhea. The common cold can be caused by a variety of different viruses, but the symptoms are usually in the upper airways and don't necessarily cause nausea or emesis or diarrhea. We also have vaccines for the flu. There is no such treatment for common cold. ...Read more

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Common cold symptoms and prevention?

Common cold symptoms and prevention?

Common cold: To avoid getting an upper respiratory infection practice excellent hand washing. Wash hands frequently & thoroughly with warm water and soap. Do not touch mouth, eyes or hands unless hands are clean. Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections. Cover coughs. Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. > ...Read more

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What are the differences between a normal flu and swine flu?

What are the differences between a normal flu and swine flu?

Only severity: And this depends upon who is infected (age, sex, underlying conditions, etc.). Both are due to influenza virus, just different types. Siv strains include influenza c and the subtypes of influenza a known as h1n1, h1n2, h2n1, h3n1, h3n2, and h2n3. This is a rare disease at present, but monitored by cdc and international health agencies. ...Read more

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What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

Severity of cough: The coughs that come with a cold and whooping cough (pertussis) are quite different and depend on the age of the person infected (younger - generally more severe). Whooping cough is a cough that comes in spasms (like 10 coughs in 20 seconds) followed by a "clear period" (2 - 5 minutes with no cough). A cold has coughs that are fewer and regular (with no "clear time"). Both can happen day or night. ...Read more

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How are the common cold and the flu distinguished from each other?

How are the common cold and the flu distinguished from each other?

Different viruses: Flu usually causes more severe symptoms such as fever, chills muscle aches and may lead to pneumonia. Common cold usually causes just causes a runny nose and headache. ...Read more

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What are the differences between hay fever and flu?

What are the differences between hay fever and flu?

Fever, length: Hay fever (an allergic response to pollen) and flu (a viral infection) may have similar symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, congestion, headache, scratchy throat) but differ in important ways. Allergies can last weeks but flu lasts 1-2 weeks. Allergies don't cause fever whereas flu can cause high temperature & chills. Of course, flu is contagious but allergies are not. Consult your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

Colds vs flu: Common colds and mild influenza can look very similar. Though both often present with runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever, the flu is typically more severe, and associated with more fatigue, and often body aches. Unlike a cold, it can also become much more severe. See a doctor if you think your child has the flu, particularly if they have a chronic condition such as asthma or heart disease. ...Read more

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Can there be any difference between swine flu symptoms and the normal flu symptoms?

Yes: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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How are the common cold and allergies distinguished from each other?

How are the common cold and allergies distinguished from each other?

Hay fever: Hay fever does not cause body aches and overall ill feeling. A cold lasts only for 2-3 days. Hay fever lasts as long as the allergy season. Perennial allergies are all year long. ...Read more

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What are the differences between swine flu and the normal flu?

Swine vs winter flu: Not much. They both give high fever, cough, runny nose, and achiness all over (fever & achiness all over are the hallmarks of flu). Both can make you feel really lousy and have to take to bed (severe malaise, fatigue). Your job is to take as much fluids and eat as much good food as you can to help you recover. Swine flu was associated with somewhat more deaths than usual winter flu--kids & elderly. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses.Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria. ...Read more

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What is the difference between common cold and allergic rhinitis?

What is the difference between common cold and allergic rhinitis?

Virus vs allergy: The common cold is a viral infection of the lining of the nose, throat, etc. That is passed from person to person. There are actually many viruses that cause what we know as the "common cold". Allergic rhinitis is inflammation/swelling of the same lining of the nose, but due to a allergic response to environmental allergens: dust, mold, pollen, etc. ...Read more

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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold , Symptoms , Medications , and Procedures ? Thanks

I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold , Symptoms , Medications , and Procedures ? Thanks

Fever, body aches,: a true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

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 fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. Most people do continue to take their regular medications. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Neither.: Famciclovir is used to treat herpes zoster (shingles; a rash that can occur in people who have had chickenpox in the past). It is also used to treat repeat outbreaks of herpes virus cold sores or fever blisters & genital herpes. It doesn't cure herpes infections and may not stop the spread of herpes virus to other people. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

Flu vs cold: 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. ...Read more

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What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

Limited data: No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, i wouldn't spend my money on it. ...Read more

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How does the common cold differ from the flu?

How does the common cold differ from the flu?

Flu: With flu you have a headache and a fever and general muscle aches in addition to cold like symptoms and you are much sicker. ...Read more

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How are the flu and the common cold different?

Flu: The flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, nausea, emesis and diarrhea. The common cold can be caused by a variety of different viruses, but the symptoms are usually in the upper airways and don't necessarily cause nausea or emesis or diarrhea. We also have vaccines for the flu. There is no such treatment for common cold. ...Read more

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Can seasonal flu shot also stop catching common cold?

Can seasonal flu shot also stop catching common cold?

No: No. A Cold is not a similiar virus to the Influenza virus. You can not vaccinate for a cold. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold compared to the flu?

Flu more severe: They can be very similar, but influenza has more severe systemic (body) symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, chills, muscle aches. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the common cold compared to a flu?

What are the symptoms of the common cold compared to a flu?

Different: Influenza victims usually have a rapid onset of high fever, dry hacking cough and feel like they were "hit by a truck". A simple cold usually is slower onset, low grade temp, mild aches and pains and cough with congestion that is also milder then the flu. There are rapid flu tests thaty can show immediately what the diagnosis is as early treatment for flu is available. ...Read more

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What symptoms of the flu differ from those of a common cold?

What symptoms of the flu differ from those of a common cold?

Flu: Generally has fever (102-103), sore throat, and achiness all over or in joints. Common cold is milder with fewer symptoms and does not have the achiness all over. May have mild sore throat and usually low grade temp if any. ...Read more

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Does it happen that people get the common cold but never the flu?

Yes: Both are viral illnesses and are casued by different viruses. If you are never exposed the the flu virus you will not get flu. ...Read more

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How are the common cold and the flu distinguished from each other?

Different viruses: Flu usually causes more severe symptoms such as fever, chills muscle aches and may lead to pneumonia. Common cold usually causes just causes a runny nose and headache. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the actual symptoms of the flu and how do they differ from those of a common cold?

Sicker with flu: With true influenza, in addition to the runny/stuffy nose and congestion, you also get a much worse cough, chest tightness, fever is much higher and much more of headaches and body aches with influenza. While a cold is irritating and you feel under the weather, influenza makes you feel like you have been hit by a truck and run over again! ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or could it just be a common cold?

How to know if I have the flu or could it just be a common cold?

Flu vs cold: 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. ...Read more

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