Colds are usually harmless and usually retreat without consequences. But, when it comes to flu caution is very much needed.
Flu weakens the body and makes it vulnerable to the entry of bacteria which eventually causes a number of complications. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, but often the problem is to differentiate them at the beginning of the disease, because they have some common symptoms, which is why it is important to distinguish.
1. When starting the first symptoms?
The first signs of colds occur one or two days after contact with the virus, usually start itching and burning sensation in the throat that slowly deteriorate. Flu performance instantly and suddenly, from morning healthy and enthusiastic feeling until after a couple of hours of pain in entire body.
2. What are the most similar symptoms?
Sore throat and runny nose are the first signs of disease that occur with the flu and colds. But, though with significant difference. In cold problems with the nose and sinuses usually go after the throat stops hurting, followed by a clear discharge from the nose.
Gradually it becomes more abundant, thicker and yellow, and the nose is clogged all the time, on the fifth day situation improves. When flu inflammation not matured in such a way, namely nasal discharge remains the same after a few days, without changing its texture. It usually does not become thick and purulent time as a cold, a cough usually stays dry and unproductive.
3. How high temperature reveals a cold / flu?
Nasal congestion and a feeling of exhaustion arising from the burden of the airways with colds cause headache and slight fever feeling. When it comes to the flu, such symptoms are much more intense and the body now remains bedridden, which largely causes the temperature rise to 40 ° C / 104 ° F.
4. When it is time to rest and lying in bed?
Depending on the virus that caused the common cold, and distinguish different symptoms. Sometimes it can be a weakness and tremors, but they occur gradually. Bed rest is not necessary, and a person with a cold can function normally.
Unlike the common cold, flu symptoms pointing to the eyes in the form of redness and tears, while the skin look moist and holds a high fever. Joint pain, loss of appetite, irritability, sensitivity to touch the body and cause fatigue and the need for the body to rest. When influenza is necessary recovery, lying in bed, minimal contact with the environment and in particular strengthening the immune system.
5. How long does a cold / flu last?
The peak of colds occurs usually two to three days after onset of symptoms, and the worst off after only a week. Colds should completely withdraw three, maximum four weeks after illness. Flu exhaust the body, the pain and fatigue may linger for weeks, sometimes months after the first symptoms.
Physical activities become difficult in this period and accompanied by the mouth of sweat and exhaustion. Heavier grip further weakened the body and can cause pain in the area of the stomach and intestines, joints and muscles or brain. If due to virus infection in the body begin to penetrate the bacteria, threatening serious illnesses such as pneumonia.