Influenza - Common Illnesses
Influenza vs. Cold
So you think you have the flu? Well, maybe not. It may be the common cold. Both influenza and the common cold are viruses and they both make you feel miserable, however listed below are the differences. This is to help you determine what you have and how to best treat it!
Signs and symptoms
|Fever||Greater than 101||Less than 101|
|Tiredness||Moderate to severe||Mild|
|Chest Discomfort||Often severe||Mild to Moderate|
If you think you have Influenza seek medical attention immediately. There are anti-viral medications a physician can prescribe for you. These medications can lessen the time and severity of the illness. It WILL NOT cure you. Also you must start on the medications within 48 hours of the first symptom. Antibiotics WILL NOT help with influenza or the common cold.