All of the sudden, something hits you, you have a headache, your body aches, you develop a cough… Is it the flu or is it a cold? Do you need to see the doctor? Sometimes it’s hard to know if you have a cold or your symptoms are flu related.
Viruses cause both colds and flus, so the symptoms are similar. Flu symptoms usually come on all of a sudden and are more severe than a cold, while cold symptoms come on more gradually.
- Sudden onset
- Fever greater than 101 degrees
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Chills, fatigue
- Deep muscle and/or joint aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/ or diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Runny and/or stuffy nose, sneezing
- Feeling tired
- Mild cough
- Mild fever
The flu can have severe complications, so it’s good to know when to see a doctor.
If your cold symptoms last longer than 10 – 14 days and are getting worse or not improving you should see a healthcare provider.
If you have a mild flu or cold, learn how to manage your symptoms at home.
If you need advice on over-the-counter medication to take, visit our pharmacy or call 509-335-5742.
Lower your chances of contracting the flu by getting a flu vaccine.