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Cold and Flu Symptoms

January 31, 2018 by FDAdmin
Cold and Flu Symptoms You feel real tired. You can’t breathe. Your nose is stuffy. Your throat is sore and scratchy. Your head is achy and is pounding. Do you have a cold? Is this the seasonal flu? It can be so hard to tell sometimes. What happens, is that symptoms will seem to overlap. So, it’s difficult and hard to be sure about what is going on in your body. The one sure way to be certain is to have your doctor run a rapid flu test. This is done with a cotton swab from the back of either your nose or throat. Here are a few basic guidelines to follow. This will help to tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms. Here are some suggestions about what to do if you have either one of these infections. Both colds and the flu are respiratory infections. Viruses cause you to have either a cold or the flu. There is a very easy and simple way to spot the difference. The best way is to examine the symptoms. When you have a cold, you will experience some of these, or all of these symptoms: Mild tiredness, headaches, body aches, coughs, sneezing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose. When you have the flu, you will experience some of these symptoms: Nausea and vomiting (very common in children), severe fatigue (that can last up to two weeks, stuffy and runny nose, headaches, severe muscle or body aches, shaking (with the chills), sore throat, moderate to high fever (not everyone will run a fever), dry and hacking cough It is very important to use your symptoms as a guide to figure out what is going on with your body. If you have a cold it can come on over a few days. It is very often milder than the flu. You will usually feel better in a good 7 – 10 days. However, sometimes symptoms can linger for almost 2 weeks. Symptoms of the flu can come on very quickly. They are almost always severe and can last for 1 to 2 weeks. If you think you have the flu, it is recommended that you go to the doctor and get tested. Try to do this within 48 hours.    

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