January 13, 2013

Tips to Tell the Difference

1 Is It Flu or Just a Common Cold?

If a fever, cough and runny nose have you questioning whether it’s the flu or a bad cold, one tell-tale sign can help you distinguish the two, say experts. It’s all about how your illness unfolds. Flu is more sudden onset, says Dr. Rhonda Medows, UnitedHealthcare. You may feel fine in the morning but are miserable later in the day. Flu is accompanied by a high-grade fever of 102 or more. Coughs are typical of flu; sneezing is a common cold symptom. However, fever, a cough and sneezing may accompany either illness. “In general, a cold is from the neck up. You have sneezing, runny nose, the cough," says Dr. Jon LaPook, CBS. "You can see some cough and sore throat with the flu. But with the flu, you tend to be just really sick - fever, headache, aches and pains. You're just out of it."

More at CBSnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Tags: Common Cold, Cough, Fever, Flu, Headache, Influenza, Sneezing, Dr. Jon LaPook, Dr. Rhonda Medows, UnitedHealthCare, High-Grade Fever, Aches, Pains, Sudden Onset

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