Colds and Flu

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract that may be caused by a number of viruses, while influenza is a more severe viral infection with symptoms that tend to last longer and include fever. Both are spread through coughing, sneezing and personal contact. Children, the elderly and those with poor immune systems are more likely to catch colds and flu and may experience more severe bouts of infection.

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Symptoms

Symptoms of colds tend to last for around a week and may include:

  • Sore throat, sneezing, coughing and watery eyes
  • Nasal discharge may be runny, becoming thicker as the cold progresses
  • Headaches (sometimes due to sinus congestion)
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild muscle aches and fatigue

Flu symptoms are similar, but are more severe and tend to last longer:

  • High fever, with chills and sweats
  • More significant cough, fatigue, muscle aches and headache
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting may occur, especially in children

Causes

  • Viral Infections