It’s the season we dread; the time of year that many individuals don’t feel well. We’re tired, sneezing, coughing and have a stuffy nose. Is it a cold or flu? What is clear about both, is that each makes a person feel miserable.
The symptoms of the cold and flu are closely related and differ only in the degree of severity. To distinguish if you’re dealing with the flu versus a cold, says infectious disease expert Susan Rehm, M.D., learn the F.A.C.T.S and understand the acronym: fever, aches, chills, tiredness and sudden onset. These are the symptoms of the flu.