What’s Difference Between the Flu and a Cold?

cold & flu The flu and the common cold can both have similar symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses. Because of this, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually more mild. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose and a sore throat. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Can I Tell the Difference?

Because both of these ailments share many symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them. A cold will begin with a sore throat and may be joined by a runny nose and chest congestion. The flu, however, may start the same way but will come with more issues, including headache, fever, and muscle aches. Special tests done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

Do I Need a Flu Shot?

The flu shot has been around and considered safe for healthy adults for many years now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that every American over the age of six months receive a vaccine at the beginning of the season.

Call Us Today

If you think you may be suffering from one of these two conditions, it is a good idea to be checked out. To schedule an appointment with one of our primary care physicians, contact Questcare Urgent Care.