Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Know the differences between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms
In that the doctors can't seem to be sure of which they are battling between colds and various strains of flu virus, the following could help you help him determine what it is that may be affecting you:
Fever. 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 +/-½F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.
Coughing. 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).
Aches. 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. Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.
Tiredness. Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.
Sneezing. 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.
Headache. 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.
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Additional information can be found at WebMD.