Below is a representation on how to differentiate a cold vs. the flu.
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Apparently, there is no cure for the common cold. All you can do to feel better is treat your symptoms while your body fights off the virus.
- Get plenty of rest, especially while you have a fever. Rest helps your body fight infection.
- Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, which can make cold symptoms worse.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Drink lots of fluids such as water and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus. Fluids are also important because they help prevent dehydration.
- Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat. Throat sprays or lozenges may also help relieve the pain.
- Use saline (salt water) nose drops to help loosen mucus and moisten the tender skin in your nose.
There is no over-the-counter medicine that would help cure a cold or the flu. Medicines can just help relieve some of the cold or flu symptoms.
As always, the best way to go is preventive maintenance. You can reduce your risk of catching a cold or the flu by washing your hands frequently, which stops the spread of germs. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep also play a part in preventing colds and the flu because they help boost your immune system.
If you are sick, make sure that you cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands often to prevent giving your cold or flu to others.
Looking at the list above, what I had most likely is the flu.
Oh well, I hope I get well the soonest!