The symptoms of a common cold and the flu are not always so distinguishable. They are both born from viruses and are both respiratory infections, so the confusion is understandable. If you’ve found yourself wondering the difference between the two pesky ailments, you’re not alone. On this episode of The Marc and Mandy Show, Patty Vamvakitis explains the difference between the flu and a cold.
It’s a cold:
Colds can present themselves via a number of symptoms. Some of the symptoms include: a runny nose or sneezing, congestion, sore throat, headache or body ache, and cough. Colds tend to present themselves gradually and are often mild and short-lived, lasting no more than one week—maybe two.
It’s the flu:
Flu symptoms tend to present much more quickly and tend to escalate even quicker. If you have the flu, you might notice symptoms such as dry cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, congestion or runny nose, and sever fatigue. Perhaps the most tell-tale sign of the flu is a high fever, chills, and nausea. The best way to figure out if you have the flu or a bad cold is by visiting a doctor.
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