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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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Since colds and flu share various symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose on symptoms alone. This chart  demonstrates some of the common shared symptoms and how they differ in each.

(Chart taken from the Moore Medical website)

Symptom

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare with a cold

Usually present. Higher than 100° degrees Is associated with the flu.

Aches

Slight body aches 

Severe aches 

Stuffy Nose

Common 

Sometimes 

Sore Throat 

Common 

Not common 

Headache 

Uncommon 

Common 

Sneezing 

Yes 

No 

Coughing 

Hacking, productive (mucus-producing)

Non-productive (non-mucus producing) 

Chest Discomfort 

Mild to moderate 

Often severe 

Tiredness 

Fairly mild 

Moderate to severe