October 2011 Cold and Flu

The Doctor Is In

Gail Hacker MD
Gail Hacker, MD

October 2011

Cold and Flu, Know the Difference

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Please have a look at these additional "The Doctor is In" articles on colds & flu, respiratory infections, and antibiotic resistance (MRSA):

H1N1 Influenza UpdateSwine Flu UpdateMyth Busters in Medicine: Respiratory InfectionsHow To Prevent Getting Sick and What Can Be Done to Help If You Do Get SickQuestions You May Have Regarding MRSA

SymptomFluCold
FeverUsual, 100-102 degrees-could be higher, especially in young children; lasts 3-4 daysRare
HeadacheCommonRare
General aches, painsUsual, often severeSlight
Fatigue, weaknessUsual, last up to 3 weeksSometimes
ExhaustionUsual, at the beginning of the illnessNever
Stuffy noseSometimesCommon
SneezingSometimesUsual
Sore throatSometimesCommon
Chest discomfortCommonMild to moderate
CoughCommon, can become severeCommon, hacking

Sources: American Lung Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; US Department of Health and Human Services (101711)

Supporting you in good health,
Gail Hacker, MD