Cold vs. Flu: What's The Difference?

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You're feeling sick, but do you have the flu or the common cold? What's the difference?

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What's the difference between cold and flu?
"How many times have you dismissed sniffles as 'just a cold,' and carried on with a stuffed nose and sinuses assuming that the symptoms would eventually run their course, perhaps a bit more quickly with a few doses of Mom's homemade chicken soup?"

Cold Versus Flu
"The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses."

What is a cold? What is the common cold? What causes the common cold?
"The common cold is a viral infectious disease that infects the upper respiratory system. It is also known as acute viral rhinopharyngitis, or acute coryza."

Common cold
"The common cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract - your nose and throat."

Understanding the Common Cold -- the Basics
"Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose -- everyone knows the first miserable signs of a common cold."

Flu or Cold Symptoms?
"When do I call the doctor with flu or cold symptoms?"

2010-2011 Influenza (Flu) Season

Dos and don'ts for common colds
"Covering your chest with brown paper and vinegar, soaking your feet in hot water, or wearing wet socks - the old cures for the common cold can seem laughable in light of modern medicine."


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