Cold and Flu

How to tell if you have a cold or the flu

You know one thing: you feel awful. But, how to tell if it's a cold or the flu? Often the symptoms are very similar and tough to tell apart. 

 

Fever

If you are running a temperature above 100 degrees, chances are you have the flu.

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Runny Nose

Can't stop using those tissues? A stuffy, runny nose is indicative of a cold. 

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Sneezing or Coughing

Sneezing? It's a cold. Coughing? Depends - it could be a cold or the flu. A dry, unproductive cough means you have the flu, but a hacking, productive cough means you have a cold. Still not sure? if your symptoms are accompanied by a sore throat, you most likely have a cold.

 

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Headache

Both the cold and the flu often present with a headache, so it depends on what your other symptoms are.

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Extreme Fatigue

Snoozing at your desk? Can't wake up in the morning? Extreme fatigue is a sign it's the flu. Another way to tell it's the flu is if your symptoms come on suddenly. 

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Chills

Chills can mean you have a fever, which means it's the flu. 

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Body Aches

Sore all over? If your body aches are accompanied by a headache and chills, it's a cold. But if your body aches are accompanied by fatigue, it could be the flu. 

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Vaccine

If you are still unsure as to whether you have the flu or a cold, see your doctor. But, you'll also want to get a flu shot. More than 36,000 Americans die from the flu each year. And while a week off from work sounds enticing - do you really want to be that sick?

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How to tell if you have a cold or the flu

You know one thing: you feel awful. But, how to tell if it's a cold or the flu? Often the symptoms are very similar and tough to tell apart. 

 

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