Flu or Cold?

It knocked me out for a couple of days! I'm talking about the seasonal flu. No, I didn't get a flu shot. Shame on me! But that's not the reason for this post.

I just want to clarify that the symptoms of the flu may not be what most people think about. I had congestion, body aches and chills, a headache and fever - with most of the symptoms lasting a week or so! Those are classic symptoms of the flu.

A bad cold could also last a week or so but symptoms for a cold usually begin with a sore throat, runny nose and congestion. A cough may or may not be a symptom of a cold.

Both conditions are highly contagious. The flu is contagious a day before symptoms develop and up to a week after! A cold is usually contagious the first three days of symptoms.

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot you can do once you come down with the flu or a cold. Plenty of bed rest and lots of fluids are recommended for both. I did take an Ibuprofen to help with the headache and fever and a decongestant to help with my stuffy nose. There are also anti-virals to help reduce the length of your symptoms but those have to be taken at the onset of symptoms. I wasn't quick enough.

By the way, if your symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, that's not considered the flu. It's a condition called gastroenteritis. But go ahead and call it the stomach flu. I do! Whether it's the real flu or not doesn't matter. They're all miserable!

Oh well... 'tis the season!

About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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