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Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Cold and Flu Prevention, Treatment and Symptoms

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Is it a cold or the flu? Our handy charts will quickly help you figure out what type of virus has you in its grip and help you decide how to treat the symptoms. (However, if your symptoms are severe, you may need to visit your doctor.)

Cold and Flu Prevention
COLD FLU
hand washing vaccination
regular exercise antiviral drugs
  hand washing

Learn how to protect your family from viruses and other germs and how to safely disinfect your home.


Cold and Flu Symptoms
COLD FLU
caused by a virus caused by a virus
sore throat chills
runny nose fever
cough sore throat
sneezing runny nose
hoarseness muscle aches
  fatigue
  cough
  diarrhea
  dizziness

Discover the truth behind the biggest cold and flu myths and "healthy" habits that might actually be making you more prone to sickness.


Cold and Flu Treatment
COLD FLU
rest rest
fluids fluids
antibiotics won't help OTC pain relievers
OTC decongestant antibiotics won't help
OTC antihistamine  

Learn about alternative cold remedies that really work and get tips to boost your immune system.
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Megan Patrick Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

Member Comments

  • Great article. Good for my granddaughter. - 11/8/2013 8:50:10 PM
  • 13 NOT 23 - 10/15/2013 10:08:30 PM
  • I remember when I was 23 and first took karatedo I never had a single cold or flu as I seemed to sweat them out. Too bad I still do not have that ability. - 10/15/2013 10:08:08 PM
  • Helpful.....howev
    er, since I upped my Vitamin D, I haven't had a cold or flu in many years. - 11/22/2011 1:00:24 PM
  • Great article. I had no flu or colds all winter and think it is because I became a SPARKER last October and changed my diet and exercise. At any rate, it was the first winter I never had either one. I love being a SPARKER! - 4/23/2008 2:12:54 PM
  • 38MARIE
    This is helpful to know.I have 3 kids this will help.Thankyou - 2/27/2008 12:35:47 AM
  • 38MARIE
    This is helpful to know.I have 3 kids this will help.Thankyou - 2/27/2008 12:34:04 AM
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    I agree, good article. Pulling together links to other articles in a compare & contrast format will make it easier to find info in the future. - 11/24/2007 2:11:13 PM
  • This is really some great info. I learned a lot and passed it on to friends and family as we sometimes say we have the flu but its really a cold.
    thanks for the good imformation.

    Kitt - 11/15/2007 10:16:24 PM

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