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Flu Symptoms 2014: How Can You Tell If It's A Flu Or A Cold?

10/01/2014 01:17 EDT | Updated 10/01/2014 01:59 EDT
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October hits, and all of a sudden, you have a sore throat that won't go away until May comes around next year.

If you're worried about whether the symptoms you're feeling are coming from a common cold or the more all-consuming flu, we have some help for you.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, though colds and flus tend to occur at the same time of year, there are some main differences to watch out for — namely, fever and headaches (which are often present for flu, but not for colds).

And though they are separate illnesses, their treatments is quite similar: lots of liquids, rest, over-the-counter pain medication if it's needed, and sleeping with your head elevated to relieve congestion, advises WebMD.

Take a look at the potential symptoms for colds and flus to help determine which you may be battling. Though most colds and flus can be dealt with without medication, if you experience chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, severe vomiting, a change in skin colour or have a high fever that lasts more than three days, seek medical help as soon as possible.

Flu Symptoms vs. Cold Symptoms