is it a cold or the flu?

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

The flu and the com­mon cold are both res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses but dif­fer­ent viruses are re­spon­si­ble. Some­times flu causes mi­nor symp­toms and some cold viruses can knock you off your feet but, in gen­eral, flu symp­toms are more in­tense while a cold is more likely to lead to a blocked/runny nose.

SYMP­TOMS

Runny nose or nasal con­ges­tion Sneez­ing

Sore throat

Fever

Cough

Headache

Aches and pains

Fa­tigue

Nau­sea and vom­it­ing

FLU

Rare

Rare

Com­mon

Com­mon (sud­den on­set; usu­ally tem­per­a­tures be­tween 38°C and 40°C)

Com­mon (sud­den on­set)

Com­mon (some­times in­tense) Com­mon (some­times in­tense) Com­mon (in­tense; du­ra­tion lasts a few days, some­times longer) Com­mon in chil­dren, rare in adults (of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by di­ar­rhoea and ab­dom­i­nal pain in chil­dren)

COLD

Com­mon

Com­mon

com­mon

Rare

Com­mon (mild or mod­er­ate)

Rare

Rare (mild)

Com­mon (mild)

Rare (mild)

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