Know the difference between H1N1 and a Cold

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Know the difference between H1N1 and a Cold

Post by carmidy on 14/11/2009, 3:03 pm

Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms :

* Fever : 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.
* Coughing : 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).
* Aches : Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.
* Stuffy Nose : 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 : Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.
* Tiredness : Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.
* Sneezing : Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.
* Sudden Symptoms : 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.
* Headache : 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 : Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
* Chest Discomfort : Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
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