Every year it hits again at the beginning of the autumn until well into the spring. Flu, cold, sneezing, sniffling and sometimes fever. But what is the difference between the flu and a cold, how do you get it? and more importantly, how do you get rid of it!
Flu or cold?
It often happens that a cold is classified as the flu. That is not surprising because these diseases have similar symptoms. However, there are major differences between the two diseases caused by different viruses.
Flu (Influenza virus)
The flu is caused by the more dangerous Influenza virus. The symptoms of the flu virus are more severe than those of a cold. For example, with the flu, a fever often comes up quickly and you have to cough a lot. In general you feel quite ill. The fever that can last for 2 to 4 days causes severe headaches and muscle aches. People who are more likely to have complications from the flu, such as people with heart or lung disease, diabetes, kidney patients and people over the age of 65, are advised to get an annual vaccination.
Common Cold (Acute Viral Nasopharyngitis)
Colds are usually caused by the rhinovirus or the coronavirus† Like the flu, the symptoms of a cold are coughing, fatigue and sneezing. In addition, the well-known stuffy nose and runny nose. In the more special cases you can even suffer from conjunctivitis, red and itchy eyes. A cold lasts an average of 5 to 7 days. The common cold is the most common infection in individuals with up to 2 to 4 times a year. Children can sometimes be screwed up to 12 times a year!
The best way to prevent it is to wash your hands regularly.
Treating the flu or cold
The flu and the common cold cannot be prevented or treated by medication. In most cases, you will simply have to wait for your body to deal with the virus on its own. However, this does not mean that you cannot do anything yourself to make the disease a little more bearable. The symptoms are best treated. Look for the treatment of flu symptoms en cold symptoms on the appropriate categories.
Difference flu and cold
It is sometimes difficult to find the differences between the flu and the common cold. However, there are a number of symptoms that are specific to one of the two.
- A runny nose is a symptom that occurs with a cold and usually not with the flu
- Flu comes on suddenly and cold comes more gradually
- A fever is common with the flu, with a cold only a slight increase.
- With a cold you are also tired but you can continue to do the daily things, with the flu you usually only want to stay in bed.