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Flu or Cold: Know the Difference

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Know the Difference between a Cold and the H1N1 Flu:Symptoms

Symptoms are easily spelled out here to help you differenciate between a common cold and the flu. More identifications and cold home-remedies are available on this blog in Herbal Teas, Holistic Healing and Natural Herbal Remedies. The most important strategy during this season is to keep your immune system strong by maintaining a healthy diet and drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Important note: If you think you have the flu, check with your doctor immediately.



H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Keep your fingers out of your mouth and nose! Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue which should then be discarded. Stay home if you are sick.