A cold is a milder illness than flu and lasts for a few days. The flu can last for weeks and cause pneumonia or hospitalization.The flu (Influenza) is a viral infection. Flu symptoms are usually worse than cold symptoms and they last longer. The flu usually does not cause vomiting or diarrhea in adults.
People with weak immune systems are more susceptible to catching a cold or the flu. Environmental conditions like working around lots of people in closed areas can result in spread of germs. The elderly are also more susceptible.
With the common cold, sneezing, coughing, fever, achy muscles, runny nose and general misery are symptoms. With the flu, symptoms include many of the cold symptoms but also involve fever, and aches and pains all over the body. People with the flu often need to stay in bed for an extended period.
Bed rest is often needed with the flu. You may want to see a doctor. In both conditions, drink lots of fluids including water and diluted fruit juices. Wash your hands frequently.
In both conditions, sucking on zinc lozenges the minute you feel symptoms can lessen symptoms. Nasal irrigation helps clear the sinus passages. Take lots of vitamin C throughout the day. Hot ginger and lemon tea sooth the throat. The herb Echinacea taken at the first sign of a cold may reduce symptoms. Always seek a doctor if you have serious flu symptoms.
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