Pharmacy Blog

Cold and Flu season are upon us.  Do you know the difference between a cold and the flu? 

Both the flu and a cold are respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses.  The symptoms can be very similar, but the flu symptoms are more severe with cold symptoms usually being milder.  Symptoms of a cold usually show up gradually vs. the abrupt onset of flu symptoms.  Fever and headache are two symptoms more associated with the flu than a cold.  Patients with a cold tend to have more symptoms of stuffy nose and sore throat than patients with the flu.  

Because of the similarity of symptoms it can be difficult to determine if you are suffering from a cold or the flu.  Be safe and get tested within the first few days to see if you test positive for the flu.