Shea’s Health Corner: Is it just a cold, or the FLU??


Have you ever gotten a cold that you thought might be the flu? Now that fall is here, the flu and colds are here to stay. Figuring out which one you might have is difficult as they present themselves similarly; but with these symptoms listed below, you can help narrow down if you caught the common cold or need to go see a doctor to be treated for the flu!


Cold symptoms:

With a cold, if a cough occurs it will most likely present itself as a “wet” cough; and will also cause runny nose, loss of smell, redness, or post-nasal drip. Sinus congestion is common for a cold along with chest pressure, swollen lymph nodes, and throat irritation.


Flu Symptoms:

A dry and “wet” cough can present itself with the flu as well as nasal congestion, runny nose, or sneezing. Chest pressure, nausea, shortness of breath, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes are also signs. Along with those symptoms, loss of appetite, sweating, dehydration, and fatigue are also major signs of the flu when they present themselves with other symptoms listed above.