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Flu or Cold, How To Tell The Difference?

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Are you experiencing that bout of sneezing and coughing, and you feel achy all over, together with that feverish feeling of being unable to move a muscle? These are tell-tale symptoms of you having caught a cold, but then could it also be flu? How to know the difference?

At times it's important to tell the difference between a cold and a flu. A cold presents itself as a rather milder respiratory sickness in comparison to the flu. Symptoms of a cold will trouble you for a few days, but a flu can leave you really ill for a good number of days, and may extend to a few weeks as well. A flu can also get you into serious health trouble; you can even end up being hospitalized, or even develop pneumonia.

Knowing the difference

Check for temperature is the general advice. Though flu symptoms are alike to cold symptoms like nasal congestion, aches, coughing, and so forth, cold never has symptoms of fever that's above 101℉. Flu symptoms are accompanied by fever in the initial few days, and you will be feeling miserable. Muscle ache and body ache is commonly associated with the flu. The following table will help you understand the difference:

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