Cold vs. Flu

December 10, 2013

Dr. Katrina Burke, Family Medicine Physician at Mercy Clinic Fort Scott, offers these tips to help you distinguish the difference between a cold and the flu.

"Flu is usually a sudden onset," Burke explains. "Headaches, muscle aches, tiredness/weakness and exhaustion are common and often severe with the flu."  

"A fever is possible with both colds and the flu, but a temperature of 102 or above in children and adults that last 3 to 4 days is common with the flu," she adds.

"A cold typically worsens over a day or two.  Adults seldom have a fever with a cold. Infants and young children may have a fever with a cold but the fever usually subsides within a couple days."

If you have questions, visit your Mercy physician or provider. Or consider Convenient Care or Urgent Care as an easy and cost-effective way to recover from these two wintertime ailments.

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