H1N1 flu is about to be upon us and we need to be on top of information regarding it. Here is a comparison to the normal cold symptoms .
Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms
||Fever is rare with a cold.
||Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.
||A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
||A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
||Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
||Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.
||Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
||Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
||Chills are uncommon with a cold.
||60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.
||Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
||Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.
||Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
||Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.
||Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
||The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
||A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
||A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
||Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
||Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
||Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
||Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.