Cold and Flu: Is there a Difference?


It’s no surprise that as the weather begins to change, more and more individuals will get sick. Between stomach bugs, common colds, and the pesky flu, adults and children alike find themselves in a constant battle to stay healthy over the next few months. However, in order to better protect yourself as well as treat yourself should you become sick, individuals must have an understanding about the illnesses that are going around. One of the most common mistakes made is self-diagnosing either the flu or the common cold and being wrong.

Before we look at the differences between the two, we must also look at the similarities. Both illnesses stem from a virus, which means there isn’t a medical treatment to cure them. Instead, the individuals must take steps to help fight the virus as it runs its course. The two illnesses also tend to have similar symptoms, which is why many confuse them. However, if left untreated, one could cause some individuals to take a trip to the hospital.

The common cold typically lasts a few days to a full week depending on the virus. Individuals will typically experience a scratchy throat, headache, cough, and runny nose. While dark mucus can be a sign of a more serious sinus infection, a few days of bed rest and warm soup will do the trick.

The flu can have individuals feeling sick for a few weeks depending on the virus. While many of the symptoms mimic that of a cold, patients with the flu also tend to experience high fevers and upset stomachs. The flu also has a high tendency to lead to pneumonia, which can be quiet serious in different patients.

If you have questions about possible flu vaccinations, or ways to fight the flu this flu season, contact My Brother’s Keeper. Our organization partners with health care providers serving 21229 communities, insuring healthcare access for all.

My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.

To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.

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