Cold or Flu?

With the Mercury News reporting the first known flu fatality in Santa Clara County today, it is safe to conclude that flu season is in full swing. But, it’s also time for colds, allergies and other maladies that are hard to differentiate.  From WebMD comes the following:

How do you know if you have flu or cold symptoms? Take your temperature, say many experts.  Flu symptoms often mimic cold symptoms with nasal congestion, cough, aches, and, malaise.  But a common cold rarely has symptoms of fever above 101 degrees.  With flu symptoms, you will probably have a fever initially and you will feel miserable.  Body and muscle aches are also more common wiht the flu.  Signs that are more indicative of flu than cold include:  quick onset, headache, fever, aches, extreme exhaustion, & fatigue lasting 1 to 3 weeks.

     Get rest, stay hydrated and look for improvement over 2 to 5 days.          WebMD

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