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Cold vs. Flu: Does It Matter?

The common cold and the flu (influenza) are both types of upper respiratory infections. Many people think they are treated the same way but this is not the case.

Flu symptoms are usually much worse than common cold symptoms, and the flu can lead to serious complications including pneumonia, bacterial infections, and even death. There are some antiviral flu treatments available that can help you feel better and reduce the time you are sick, but they work best when taken within the first 48 hours of the illness. There are special tests available to determine whether you have the flu so your doctor can prescribe the right treatment for you.

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

Practically everyone will battle colds and the flu at some point in time. The average adult is sick with the common cold (with symptoms like sore throats, coughs, and mild fevers) two to four times each year. Another 15% to 20% get the flu. Since these illnesses are caused by a virus, they can’t be stopped completely. But you can relieve your symptoms. And since these are such common ailments, there is no shortage of remedies meant to relieve them.

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