Flu Season Is Here-What’s The Difference Between The Flu And A Cold?
Flu season is here. You've got the sniffles and a sore throat. Flu or a cold? What's the difference between the flu and a cold? Trying to figure out what you've got can be confusing because some of the symptoms overlap. However, according to WebMD, there are differences between a cold and the flu.
It's important to determine which you have so you can treat it properly.
Typically, a cold takes a few days to develop. Not so with the flu, which can hit in just a few hours. The flu is more severe and is more likely to lead to other problems, like pneumonia.
Symptoms associated with a cold:
Mild fatigue and weakness
Stuffy nose and sneezing
Sometimes mild body aches
Symptoms associated with the flu:
Fever (often between 100 and 102 and lasting three or four days)
Muscle or body aches
Feeling weak and fatigued (this may last a couple of weeks)
Dry cough lasting for several weeks
Sometimes coughing, a sore throat and stuffy nose
Diarrhea and vomiting (especially common in kids)
Get the flu shot now before flu season kicks in big time.