The following table shows the differences between symptoms of the common cold and the more severe flu:
Respiratory syncytial viruse
|Influenza A viruse
Influenza B viruse
Influenza C viruse
runny or stuffy nose
|mild to moderate fever
|moderate to high fever
severe body/muscle aches
dry, hacking cough
|Treatment||nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen) to relieve aches
drink plenty of fluids
|Prevention||stay away from anyone who is sick
wash your hands often with soap
As you can see, both diseases are causes by viruses, however different kinds of viruses. Hence, the symptoms are different.
If you are less than 100% sure, you will feel better and recover faster if you let yourself rest. Simple relaxation has been found to increase immune system cells.
Eating balanced meals, exercising regularly and keeping a positive frame of mind can go a long way toward heightening our immunity against the flu.
Be sure to visit your doctor if you are running a fever.