Cold vs Flu – do you know the difference?
First things first – if you have any health concerns, the best course of action is to consult a medical professional for a diagnosis based on your own symptoms and circumstances.
Colds and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, but caused by different viruses. In fact, there are over 200 different viruses that can cause a cold (hence why you can get one quite often). The flu is a viral infection, for which you can receive a vaccine each year. There is no vaccine to stop you getting a cold though…
Some of the symptoms of colds and the flu can be similar however, which is why people often wonder which one they have. In general, the flu is a bit more brutal (and can be life-threatening in some cases), but don’t underestimate the power of a cold to knock you around either!
Cold vs Flu symptoms – some things to look out for
There are a few symptoms to look out for. Everyone is different though, so some you might get, some you might not (or you could get them all!). Best bet is not to guess but to chat to your GP, find out whether it is a cold or the flu and be treated accordingly. But here’s a guideline to start:
Ease the symptoms of a cold or the flu
First things first, get in touch with your GP to make sure you know which one you have. They will then advise you on the best course of treatment to get better, but in general terms try:
You might also find that inhaling steam and/or ice and honey and lemon drinks provide you with a bit of relief. When you chat to your GP, they’ll also give you advice on any medicines you can take to make you feel better, and speed up your return to good health.
Get better soon with your SwiftDoc GP
Frequent hand-washing and top-notch personal hygiene may help to stop the spread of the cold or flu virus.
You can also receive an annual vaccination against the most common strains of the flu for that season, which we can help arrange for you.
Depending on your circumstances, and where you live, this vaccination may be free.
Whether it’s a cold or the flu, to get back on your feet as quickly as possible we suggest making an appointment with a GP for specialist medical advice tailored to your needs. With SwiftDoc, we can chat via video consult – great for those who aren’t feeling well enough to pop out for a doctor visit.
This website does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately dial Triple 0 (000).