Sometimes, noticing the symptoms of a cold, we do not realize that the disease can be much more serious. How they can distinguish a cold from flu? First and foremost, doctors suggest to not look for common symptoms, and the symptoms of diseases which is characteristic only for them alone. This writes Newsyou.
When flu and cold are actually observed cough and runny nose. But the cold is starting to manifest itself gradually and not abruptly. It is accompanied by a clogged nose or a runny nose lasts significantly less time and is less hard.
The flu, in turn, causes a sharp blow to health, that is, its symptoms manifest themselves very quickly. Is flu is accompanied by fever, headache, chills, and pain in other parts of the body. If all these symptoms appeared from you quickly (sometimes within hours), you can be sure that you are faced with the flu.
Both these diseases usually require no specific treatment except bed rest, drinking large amounts of fluid and heat. A cold lasts on average about 5 days, the flu can last 7 to 10 days. Observations show that the use of drugs that are promoted as medications for colds and flu, even a little increases the duration of both diseases, as it suppresses the immune system.
But the problem is that severe influenza can develop into pneumonia or any other infection. It is therefore important to observe your symptoms or condition a loved one (especially a child!), who has faced this disease. And if you notice dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain, it is best to seek help from doctors.