Dr. Kushal Jain Health Tips Difference between Flu and the common cold

Difference between Flu and the common cold

Flu and the common cold share some similar symptoms, but there are some key differences that can help you distinguish between the two:

Common Cold Symptoms:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Mild body aches and headache
  • Mild fatigue
  • Mild fever (rare)

Flu Symptoms:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Body aches and headache (often severe)
  • Dry cough
  • Extreme fatigue and weakness (sometimes lasting several weeks)
  • Chills and sweats
  • Sore throat (sometimes)
  • Congestion (sometimes)
  • Runny or stuffy nose (sometimes)

It’s important to note that some people with the flu may also experience vomiting and diarrhea, but these symptoms are more common in children than adults.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid contact with others to prevent spreading the illness. If you’re unsure whether you have a cold or the flu, you should consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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