Common Names:Cold, rhinopharyngitis, acute coryza, upper respiratory tract infection, head cold, chest cold, cough, runny nose, stuffy nose
About this Ailment:
A cold and the flu share some of the same symptoms. But even a bad cold is pretty mild, compared to a bout with the flu.
A cold usually comes on gradually, over the course of a day or two. Generally, it leaves you feeling tired, sneezing, coughing and plagued by a runny nose. Often there is no fever and when there is it’s only slightly higher than normal. Colds usually last three to four days, but can hang around for ten days to two weeks.
Flu, on the other hand, comes on suddenly and hits hard. You feel weak and tired and you may run a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Your muscles and joints will probably ache, you will feel chilled and may have a headache and or a sore throat. You also may have diarrhea and or nausea. Just getting up to go to the restroom will be a chore. The fever may last three to five days, but you could feel weak and tired for two to three weeks.
The symptoms of a cold develop slowly and can include:
Low grade fever, 102 degrees or lower
Runny or stuffy nose
Cold symptoms are generally milder than flu symptoms.