IS IT THE FLU... OR JUST A COLD?

Real People - - HEALTH & HAPPINESS -

Top GP Ju­lian Spinks says, ‘The symp­toms of colds and flu are sim­i­lar, but the key dif­fer­ence is the sever­ity. Flu typ­i­cally hits you hard from ear­lier in the ill­ness with a high fever – above 38°C – which can de­velop rapidly.

‘Along with this, there are mus­cle pains and a va­ri­ety of symp­toms in­clud­ing nau­sea, of­ten with vom­it­ing, sweats, sore throat and a hack­ing cough. Peo­ple with flu of­ten have in­tense tired­ness and find it hard to leave their beds.

‘By con­trast, colds tend to come on more grad­u­ally over a few days. There may be a runny nose, sneez­ing, sore throat and cough but, un­like the flu, these are gen­er­ally milder and most peo­ple can stay up and about,’ ex­plains Ju­lian.

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