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 Cold/Flu  Holistic-online.com

Symptoms of Cold and Flu

Is It a Cold or the Flu? How to Identify

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Characteristic, high (102104F); lasts 34 days
Headache Rare Prominent
General Aches, Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue,  Weakness Quite mild Can last up to 23 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never  Early and prominent
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion or earache Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
Prevention None; natural medicines for immune system strengthening Annual vaccination; antiviral medicines; natural medicines for immune system strengthening
Treatment Only temporary relief of symptoms, alternative medicine Antiviral medicines, alternative medicine

Source: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, USA.

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