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Is It a Cold or the Flu?

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Below are cold symptoms and flu symptoms. See the differences and similarities between a cold and the flu.

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Characteristic, high
(100-102°F); lasts three to four days
Headache Rare Prominent
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Quite mild Can last up to two to three weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort,
Mild to moderate;
hacking cough
Common; can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion
or earache
Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening
Prevention None Annual vaccination; Symmetrel, Flumadine, or
Tamiflu (antiviral drugs)
Treatment Only
relief of symptoms
Symmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza,
or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours
after onset of symptoms

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