an easy way that i use to distinguish..though not completely correct..is looking at location. pretty much..neck down..is the flu..neck up is the cold.
so like you pointed out..for colds, you can get headaches, congestion, coughs..etc..whereas the flu you have more body aches, sweatiness..sure..there's the fever..which is a high indication of the flu..but yeah..
keep in mond also that there are no meds really out there to cure the flu or cold. you can take meds to help you suppress the symptoms (cough suppressant, anti-emetic, anti-pyretic, etc.)..but the meds are only for you to suppress. also know what which symptoms you want to mask. not everyone needs robitussin DM..not everyone needs mucinex..
also keep in mind that since the cold and flu are caused by virus strains, there are no antibiotics that you can take. so many patients want an antibiotic because they claim that's what they need..and they persist that their physician order them one..sometimes physicians do it just to please the patient, but seriously..it doesn't do anything to help you out..if anything, it's making your resistance worse for when you DO need antibiotics.
ask your pharmacist or physician if you have questions about what the medications are indicated for.
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