You surely feel sick. It hurts a lot to swallow the food, head starts pounding – but have you been hit by a cold, allergy or dreaded flu? Without a proper check-up by your doctor, it is really hard to tell the real disease that you are suffering from.

BetterRead has gathered a couple of questions you need to ask yourself to check out either it is the flu that is creating a panic for you.

How severe are your symptoms?

Both influenza and the common cold can include the upper respiratory signs such as sinus congestion, sore throat, and cough, runny nose as well as systemic signs that include fever. On the other hand, signs of the flu tend to come on quickly and more severe in comparison with the common cold.

Are you feeling painful?

You might notify a couple of mild body aches and pains with a cold, but they are not that much severe if you are struck by the signs of the flu. If you have the flu, your joints and muscles are going to hurt, most often headaches, backaches, and pain in the legs. It can even create a panic while you move.

Suffering from a fever?

While you might see the thermometer determining the temperature up to 99 or even more, it is common to have a high fever with a cold. Another symptom of the flu is you usually, though not always tend to hit by a fever, often in the range of 100 to 102. The fever also lasts for a couple of days as well. It really feels awful, but keep that in mind that fevers are the body’s way of battling off the infection.

Having chills and sweats?

You are barely going to get sweats and chills with a cold. They are some of the common signs of the flu. Most of the time, the pain in the body is a cause of having chills. Sometimes a fever stays a reason for chills as well, but, the flu might cause chills even without having a fever.

Feeling weak and fatigued?

Another question you need to ask yourself for the determination of flu vs cold? Catching a cold can sometimes knock you out, or make you feel a little dizzy than usual. But with the cold, that sign is going to last for a couple of days. For the flu, it can be lasting up for a couple of weeks. You are also much likely to feel exhausted with the flu. For instance, sleeping for most of the day in comparison with the suffering from cold.

How is your tummy feeling?

While hit by the flu, the virus is going to trouble your stomach with vomits, cramps or diarrhea. So, if you find yourself running towards the toilet most of the time, it is a major symptom that you have been struck by the flu.

Above are the symptoms of flu. Hope, you find this article informative to read.

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