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Cold and Flu Symptoms

By Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, - September 2, 2009

  • Is it a cold or the flu?
  • Compare the typical cold and flu symptoms.







Characteristic, high
(102-104°F); lasts 3-4 days  




General Aches, Pains


Usual; often severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Quite mild

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion


Early and prominent

Stuffy Nose






Sore Throat



Chest Discomfort,

Mild to moderate;
hacking cough

Common; can become severe


Sinus congestion
or earache

Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening



Annual vaccination; amantadine
or rimantadine (antiviral drugs)


Only temporary
relief of symptoms

Amantadine or rimantadine within
24-48 hours after onset of symptoms of Type A Flu

 Reference Source: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, April 2001.

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Influenza Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:

·         Fever (usually high)

·         Headache

·         Extreme tiredness

·         Dry cough

·         Sore throat

·         Runny or stuffy nose

·         Muscle aches

·         Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults

·         Signs of a more serious infection and concern include breathing problems


Reference Source: CDC; http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/Symptoms.htm

About the Author:
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, Health Coach has been helping his clients improve their health using natural products, tests and self care since 1998. He is the owner and author of Natural Care Solution, www.NaturalCareSolution.com, www.ToxicWaterSolution.com, and www.NaturalCancerReports.com.

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