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How can I tell if I have the flu versus a common cold?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Flu vs cold

In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will.
Flu sxs can include fever, chills, 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.

In brief: Flu vs cold

In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will.
Flu sxs can include fever, chills, 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: Flu or cold?

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu.
While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations. See more infö here: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/flu-cold-symptoms

In brief: Flu or cold?

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu.
While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations. See more infö here: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/flu-cold-symptoms
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
Internal Medicine

In brief: Simple

Flu hits suddenly, like a ton of bricks.
..fever, congestion, body ache, cough, mid chest pain. Cold is mild, stepwise gradual problem.

In brief: Simple

Flu hits suddenly, like a ton of bricks.
..fever, congestion, body ache, cough, mid chest pain. Cold is mild, stepwise gradual problem.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine

In brief: Flu

The flu is usually more intense.
Higher fever and muscle weakness and general fatigue. You can get a nasal swab for diagnosis.

In brief: Flu

The flu is usually more intense.
Higher fever and muscle weakness and general fatigue. You can get a nasal swab for diagnosis.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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