Is it a cold or the flu?
|fever||rare||usual; high (100F to 102F, occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3-4 days|
|fatigue, weakness||sometimes||usual; cam last up to 2-3 weeks|
|general aches and pains||slight||usual; often severe|
|exhaustion||never||usual; at the beginning of the illness|
|chest discomfort, cough||mild to moderate||common; can become severe|
|treatment||antihistamines, decongestants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines||antiviral medicines- see your doctor|
|prevention||wash your hands often with soap and water; avoid close contact with anyone with a cold||annual vacciation; antiviral medication- see your doctor|