What is cold and flu
In contrast to the flu, a common cold can be caused by many different types of viruses. The condition is generally harmless and symptoms usually resolve within two weeks.
Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.
What’s the difference between a cold and the flu
The common cold and the flu may seem similar at first. They’re both respiratory illnesses and can cause similar symptoms. But different viruses cause these two conditions.
cold and the flu share a few common symptoms.
- body aches
- runny or stuffy nose
- general fatigue
symptoms of the flu
The flu causes an increase in your body temperature. This is also known as a fever. Most flu-related fevers range from a low-grade fever around 100°F (37.8°C) to as high as 104°F (40°C).
Although alarming, it’s not uncommon for young children to have higher fevers than adults. If you suspect your child has the flu, see your doctor.
symptoms of the Cough
persistent cough is common with the flu. The cough may worsen, becoming uncomfortable and painful. You may also experience shortness of breath or chest discomfort during this time. Many flu-related coughs
can last for about two weeks.
effects of the flu
most common side effects of the flu:
- mild aches and stiffness
- soreness around the flu shot injection site
- low-grade fever in the days immediately following the injection
- Treat symptoms such as headache and fever with OTC medications.
- Drink plenty of fluids. This includes water, soup, and low-sugar flavored drinks.
- Wash your hands to prevent spreading the virus to other surfaces or to other people in your house.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues. Immediately dispose of those tissues.Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues. Immediately dispose of those tissues.
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