Autumn brings the time variable, changing leaves and the beginning of the dreaded season of colds and flu. Due to the low temperatures, people tend to spend more time inside, providing the perfect opportunity for infections to colds and the flu virus. In addition, many are traveling, and factors of anxiety of holidays, also tend to weaken the immune system. Millions of us fall to colds and the flu every year, but we know which really is? There are big differences between a cold and the flu, and it is important to be aware of the symptoms of each. Generally speaking, if a cough is diagnosed as the flu, there is no much trouble. However, a dangerous situation may occur when flu is diagnosed as a common cold. The flu requires a more delicate approach due to the complications that can occur, some mortals, e.g. pneumonia.
Pneumonia is the most common complication of influenza and can be fatal. Colds are caused by nearly about 200 known viruses such as rhinovirus (from the Greek word Rhinoceros, nose). In general, the colds begin to exhibit symptoms slowly. The virus is generally active in the body for two to three days until any symptom is experienced. Symptoms usually include a sore throat, a nose that runny and sneezing. A mild fever can also be experienced. The symptoms usually last from two days to one week.
The common recommendation is to let the virus run its course, get rest and consume plenty of liquids. With the flu, the onset of symptoms is much faster, usually starting with a headache, chills and a dry cough. Pain can be quite severe and leave a person prostrate in bed for days. Severe respiratory complications such as pneumonia also have a potential to appear.