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Is it a Cold or is it the Flu? Check your Symptoms.

So (index finger to my chin and eyes scrunched in deep thought), I said: hmmmm.

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Seeing as how I'm not a doctor and I don't even play one on TV, I went to WebMD, which is a great site. Be warned, though, if you spend enough time on there you're going to convince yourself that you have some rare, incurable disease. I'm not kidding.

WebMD says that the way to tell the difference between a cold and the flu is that when you have the flu, you feel flu symptoms sooner than you would cold symptoms, and they come on with much greater intensity.

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With the flu, WebMD says you may feel very weak and fatigued for up to 2 or 3 weeks. You'll have muscle aches and periods of chills and sweats as fever comes and goes. You may also have a stuffy or runny nose, headache, and sore throat.

Momof2 suggested that we post the symptoms so everyone can tell the difference. Great idea! Here's what WebMD says, but really, you should check with a medical professional to be absolutely sure:

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

 

Fever

Rare

Characteristic, high
(100-102 degrees F); lasts 3-4 days

 

Headache

Rare

Prominent

 

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

 

Fatigue, Weakness

Quite mild

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

 

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Early and prominent

 

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

 

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

 

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

 

Chest Discomfort,
Cough

Mild to moderate;
hacking cough

Common; can become severe

 

Complications

Sinus congestion
or earache

Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening

 

Prevention

Good hygiene

Annual flu shot or FluMist

 

Treatment

Only
temporary
relief of symptoms

Antiviral drugs (oseltamivir
or zanamavir) within 24-48 hours
of onset

Based on WebMD and having given this much thought yesterday, I am going to say I officially had the flu last year. I could not move for days. If it weren't for my friends and family bringing me medicine and soup, I was sure I was going to die because I ached so badly and I didn't have the energy to get up for days. So thanks Momof2. I'm convinced I had the flu... but still undecided about whether the flu shot did me in or not.

It depends on whether or not I get sick this year... hehehe....

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