Certain symptoms will appear with both the cold and flu and will only differ in terms of severity. Fever is sometimes seen with a cold, but almost always with the flu. When your body is achy all over, the flu is the culprit as aches associated with a cold are very rare. The same is true of tiredness. The flu leaves you feeling extremely tired while a cold rarely comes with the need to sleep. Hacking productive coughs are seen with a cold. When a dry, unproductive cough persists, blame the flu. Finally, the symptoms of a cold appear gradually while the flu can knock you on your feet within just a few hours.
Although cold and flu symptoms often appear to be the same, there are some differences. If the above symptoms are present and you are still unsure of what you have, you will need to look at any other symptoms you are experiencing. Symptoms that will not be seen with the flu, in most cases, include sneezing, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat. Headaches and chills are rarely if ever seen with a cold, but are very common with the flu. Once you have reviewed these symptoms, you will most likely know exactly what you are suffering from.
If you suspect you are suffering from the flu, see a medical professional immediately. Medications are available to reduce the severity of the symptoms. Do not suffer needlessly. The flu can make one seriously ill and even require hospitalization. If caught early enough, you can prevent this.
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