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Slightly sore throat, body achs, runny nose, ears hurt ...Flu or cold?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Can't be sure. But

Achyiness is suggestive of flu.
Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. Common cold tends to have milder symptoms.

In brief: Can't be sure. But

Achyiness is suggestive of flu.
Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. Common cold tends to have milder symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Hard to tell

People with influenza usually feel like they have been run over by a truck and most of the time run a fever with the illness.
Otherwise, it is often hard to differentiate between the two without testing. Influenza also usually has a pretty nasty cough with it, so this symptom may be the deciding one between the tow.

In brief: Hard to tell

People with influenza usually feel like they have been run over by a truck and most of the time run a fever with the illness.
Otherwise, it is often hard to differentiate between the two without testing. Influenza also usually has a pretty nasty cough with it, so this symptom may be the deciding one between the tow.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Can be either

If you really want to know, your doctor can obtain a test to confirm flu but the outcome is unlikely to be different at your age.
Do note that flu can rarely kill yet thwarted if treated within the first 48 hrs.

In brief: Can be either

If you really want to know, your doctor can obtain a test to confirm flu but the outcome is unlikely to be different at your age.
Do note that flu can rarely kill yet thwarted if treated within the first 48 hrs.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu
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