Sometimes, its difficult to diagnose yourself when your sick. Pineappleope.com is here to help.
When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy back, feverish, can’t move a muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the mythical swine flu?
Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.
A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the swine flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the swine flu.
Symptom: Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu.
A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Symptom: Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.