Since the common cold and flu have similar symptoms, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between the two. Your doctor and pharmacist are great resources available to help you.
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. The flu is usually worse than the common cold. Flu symptoms are typically more intense and include fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds usually do not result in serious health problems such as pneumonia or hospitalization, which can be complications of the flu.
Your doctor can help to determine whether you have a cold or the flu. The best way to prevent developing a cold is washing your hands with soap and water often. Flu prevention includes washing your hands with soap and water and getting a yearly flu vaccine. Many pharmacies currently have the flu vaccine available.
Ask your pharmacist and doctor any questions you may have about the common cold and flu.