What of Health (NIH) has developed a chart

What Is The Difference
Between A Cold, The Flu And Seasonal Allergies?

Laurie Osgood, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent,

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UF/IFAS Extension, Gadsden County, FL.

 

You’re feeling pretty awful, your
nose is stuffy, you’re sneezing and your throat is sore.  Is it a cold, the flu, or seasonal allergies?
It can be hard to know because these symptoms can be very similar. But
understanding the differences between the symptoms that you are experiencing
can help you choose the best treatment. 

The flu and the common
cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. The
flu, however is worse than the common cold and the symptoms are more common and
intense. Allergies are different, the symptoms that you experience are your body’s
immune system reacting to a trigger, or allergen such as pollen, or pet dander.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has developed a chart to
compares the differences between the symptoms of the cold, the flu and airborne
allergies. However, to know for sure, you will need to visit your health care provider. To learn more about
these symptoms, visit NIH @ https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/10/cold-flu-or-allergy
.

 

SYMPTOMS

COLD

FLU

AIRBORNE ALLERGY

Fever

Rare

Intense and usually high (100?- 102? F)

Never

Headache

Rare

Common

Rare

General Aches,
Pains

Slight

Usual, sometimes severe

Never

Fatigue

Sometimes

Usual, can last up to 3 weeks

Sometimes

Extreme
Exhaustion

Never

Usually at onset

Never

Itchy Watery Eyes

Rare

Rare

Common

Stuffy, Runny
Nose

Common

Sometimes

Common

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Usual

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Sometimes

Cough

Mild to moderate

Common, can be severe

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort

Mild to moderate

Common

Rare

Treatment

·       
Get
plenty of rest
·       
Stay
hydrated
·       
Contact
your doctor if symptoms persist for longer than 10 days

·       
Get
plenty of rest
·       
Stay
hydrated
·       
See
your doctor for flu treatment options

·       
Avoid
allergens, such as pollen, mold, pet dander, etc.
·       
See
your doctor to determine allergies
 

 

For more information, please visit the National Institute of Health Website
at

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/10/cold-flu-or-allergy

 

The treatment, and complications are different,
however the best way to prevent getting a cold, the flu or some allergies, is
to wash your hands often, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. There
can be severe complications associated with the flu, so get your flu shot each
year and contact your doctor if you suspect that you or a loved one has the
flu.

 

For more
information about UF/IFAS Family and Consumer Sciences Program with the Gadsden
County Extension, please contact Laurie Osgood at (850) 875-7255.

 

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