Do I have a Cold or Do I have the Flu?

Do I have a Cold or Do I have the Flu?

Fall and winter is typically when the cold and flu season is and for most of us the same question pops up every year “Do I have a Cold or Do I have the Flu?” We are often confused because they sometimes start in the same way, even down to the symptoms however they can be quite different.

Take a look at these similarities and differences between cold and flu symptoms.

Many times, you know you feel ill but are not sure if you have the cold or the flu. Making the distinction is important as they are treated somewhat differently. While the cold is something you can handle at home, the flu usually requires seeing a doctor.

With a cold, the symptoms tend to be less severe, and often include congestion, a runny nose, cough, and sore throat. You might have a slight fever, but it is often not too severe. You may notice these symptoms for a few days or up to a week. The cold usually lasts fewer days than the flu.

With the flu, expect to experience your symptoms for a longer period of time, and often more severely. It may start similar to a cold, with a sore throat, cough, and congestion. However, the flu often leads to bad headaches, a high fever, worse cough, and muscle aches and pains. You may also notice that as the flu progresses, you start experiencing severe fatigue, to where you can barely get out of bed and move around.

Some people with the flu may also experience diarrhea and vomiting. Since you are at risk for dehydration with the flu, you should see a doctor for the correct treatment.

The chart below will help you distinguish between whether you have a cold or whether you have the flu

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous 16 November, 2017, 23:56

    According to this, I just have a cold! I was literally trying to decide if I needed to stay home from work tomorrow when I saw this. Think I’ll be fine then.

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    • Michelle
      Michelle Author 17 November, 2017, 13:42

      Hi. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 There seem to be a HUGE number of “Cold Bugs” floating around at the moment – almost as if we are just constantly sick. I hope that you feel better soon

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  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous 17 November, 2017, 01:48

    This is great information to save! pinning this!

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  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous 17 November, 2017, 05:42

    Thank you for this informative post! So a fever is the big clue! I guess I have just had a cold then for the past few days!

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  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous 17 November, 2017, 05:44

    Hey I enjoyed reading this.
    Peggy Medberry

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    • Michelle
      Michelle Author 17 November, 2017, 13:50

      Thank you Peggy 🙂 I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it and hope that it helps you in the future

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