Monday, 10 December 2012

Cold or Flu



Below are cold symptoms and flu symptoms. See the differences and similarities between a cold and the flu.

Symptoms
Cold
Flu
FeverRareCharacteristic, high
(100-102°F); lasts three to four days
HeadacheRareProminent
General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; often severe
Fatigue, WeaknessQuite mildCan last up to two to three weeks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverEarly and prominent
Stuffy NoseCommonSometimes
SneezingUsualSometimes
Sore ThroatCommonSometimes
Chest Discomfort,
Cough
Mild to moderate;
hacking cough
Common; can become severe
Complications
Sinus congestion
or earache
Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening
Prevention
NoneAnnual vaccination; Symmetrel, Flumadine, or
Tamiflu (antiviral drugs)
Treatment
Only
temporary
relief of symptoms
Symmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza,
or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours
after onset of symptoms

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