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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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

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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Can you get things like giardia, the flu, and the common cold while you are on HIV PEP meds or once you have completed them?

Can you get things like giardia, the flu, and the common cold while you are on HIV PEP meds or once you have completed them?

Yes: Anyone can contract these illnesses and theoretically those HIV-infected even under treatment are likely even more susceptible. ...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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What are the symptoms of common cold compared to the flu?

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 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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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?

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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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more