Is your office a symphony of wheezes, coughs and sneezing with symptoms of a cold, or is it eerily quiet because half the staff is home nursing a nasty flu? You can find yourself battling the flu anytime of the year, however, between late fall and late spring is generally considered to be the most common time to catch the flu.
What's the Difference?
Colds & flu are both respiratory infections that are caused by viruses. The easiest way to tell the difference is by their symptoms.
If you have the flu, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Dry, hacking cough
- Moderate to high fever, although not everyone with the flu will run a fever
- Sore throat
- Shaking chills
- Severe muscle or body aches
- Stuffy and runny nose
- Severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks
- Nausea and vomiting (most common in children)
Cold symptoms generally look like this:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Headache or body aches
- Mild tiredness
Colds come on gradually over a few days and are generally milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days, although symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks. Flu symptoms come on quickly, can be severe & usually last 1 to 2 weeks.
Let your symptoms be your guide to figure out which condition you have. If you think you might have the flu, visit one of our urgent care locations to get tested within the first 48 hours of showing symptoms.
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