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    Difference between cold and swine flu symptoms

    Cold: Fever is rare with a cold.
    Swine Flu: 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 flu.

    Cold: A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
    Swine Flu: A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

    Cold: Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
    Swine Flu: Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

    Stuffy Nose
    Cold: Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
    Swine Flu: Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.

    Cold: Chills are uncommon with a cold.
    Swine Flu: 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

    Cold: Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
    Swine Flu: Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.

    Cold: Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
    Swine Flu: Sneezing is not common with the flu.

    Sudden Symptoms
    Cold: Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
    Swine Flu: The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

    Cold: A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
    Swine Flu: A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

    Sore Throat
    Cold: Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
    Swine Flu: Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chest Discomfort
    Cold: Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
    Swine Flu: Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.
  • #100656
    Hello Sam,

    You have given good information about the difference between common cold and swine flue. Thanks for that, yet, it would have been better had you posted this in Resources section.

    Usually we should ask questions or post a message on which members may offer responses / answers / comments.


    Harish Jharia

  • #100758
    Dear Sam,
    You have provided the important details about these two disease. Nowadays, with a cold-Fever people gets scared of Swine Flu. So, this information would help us alot.
    Cold Flu & Swine Flu both are different & have different symptoms.

    Best Wishes & Regards,
    Anindya (Andy)

  • #100988
    How do you know if you have flu or cold symptoms? Take your temperature, say many experts. Flu symptoms often mimic cold symptoms with nasal congestion, cough, aches, and malaise. But a common cold rarely has symptoms of fever above 101 degrees F. With flu symptoms, you will probably have a fever initially with the flu virus and you will feel miserable. Body and muscle aches are also more common with the flu.
    This table can help determine if you have cold or flu symptoms.
    Symptoms Cold Flu
    Fever Sometimes, usually mild Usual; high (100-102 F; occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
    Headache Occasionally Common
    General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
    Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks
    Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual; at the beginning of the illness
    Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
    Sneezing Usual Sometimes
    Sore Throat Common Sometimes
    Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can become severe
    The spread of the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person when people with influenza cough or sneeze. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. It is critical that people wash and sanitize their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub to help minimize the spread of germs.
    Emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting

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