How to Tell If You Have a Common Cold or the Flu
Having a cold or the flu is not fun. There are a lot of unpleasant symptoms with both that will drag you down, making you feel like you have little energy. There are differences between the two and let’s take a look at both.
The common cold is annoying, but not harmful. It is a respiratory type of virus.
The most common symptoms of having a common cold are,
- a runny nose and nasal congestion
- scratchy throat
- eyes are watery
- sneezing and congestion
- low-grade fevers
A lot of people also have a cough that will be on the surface or become more in-depth into the chest.
The common cold usually has to run its course from 7-10 days. If your illness is changing its course of action, and you have a high fever, severe cough that goes deep, and chills, you need to visit your doctor. These are usually signs of something such as pneumonia. Pneumonia can turn into a severe illness that requires hospitalization if you let it go.
Chicken soup is excellent for colds. This old home remedy has proven to work as an anti-inflammatory which helps to ease body aches and nasal congestion. Chicken soup also has a particular way of breaking up nasal obstruction that is not yet understood. So whether you eat the chicken soup made from scratch, or from a can, both can be just as healing.
As for the flu, this is a little bit different. You usually have a lot of body aches with the flu as you would in the cold. Along with that, is a terrible headache which is very common, upset stomach, vomiting and not able to hold food down, along with bouts of diarrhea and chills. The flu will also leave you feeling wholly exhausted right from the start, and in comparison, a cold will not, though a cold can make you feel tired.
If your flu bug is causing you to feel dehydrated and you cannot hold anything down no matter what, you need to see your doctor. You may need intravenous fluids replacement since dehydration to the body is dangerous.
If you have other medical conditions which could easily worsen the cold or flu, you should probably see your doctor anyway. Diabetes is one of those situations where when the flu or lousy head cold strikes, stress hormones go into high gear, raising the blood sugar. This is why it is essential to have a sick day plan.