Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?

Both cause a sore throat and runny nose, but there's a difference.

Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?

You got: Not Sick Enough to Call Out of Work

I got Not Sick Enough to Call Out of Work. Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?
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Sorry, but it looks like you'll be heading into the office today. Although you don't feel your best, your sniffles and headache could be nothing more than allergies. Many people mistake seasonal allergies for the common cold, but what sets them apart is the duration of symptoms. Allergies tend to last longer, as opposed to a cold that lasts a few days.

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Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?

You got: Under the Weather

I got Under the Weather. Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?
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Maybe you need to catch up on sleep or perhaps you're just starting to come down with something. In any case, your symptoms sound too mild to be a full-blown cold and definitely not the flu. Your runny nose, fatigue and reduced body temperature may just be the result of sleep deprivation. So, it's probably best you rest up. 

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Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?

You got: A Bad Case of the Common Cold

I got A Bad Case of the Common Cold. Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?
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Stock up on tissues, vapor rub, and lots of OJ—it sounds like you have a nasty case of the common cold. Your sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and/or congestion are all hallmark symptoms of the condition. It might be a good idea to make a run to the drugstore for cold medicine if you haven't already. Since it's a viral infection, meds will relieve your symptoms, but you'll ultimately need to let the cold run its course. You should be back to your old self in about 3 to 4 days, but your doctor will know best based on your symptoms.

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Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?

You got: Sick as a Dog With the Flu

I got Sick as a Dog With the Flu. Cold or Flu: Which Do You Have?
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Cancel your weekend plans—it's probably best you stay bedridden until it's safe for you to poke your nose outside. The muscle aches, chills, high fever, runny nose, and fatigue may indicate you have the flu. Make yourself comfortable at home, because you'll need plenty of rest—not to mention, you're contagious a day before your symptoms start and 5 to 6 days afterward. While it can take about a week to recover, don't rule out seeing the doctor if your symptoms worsen.

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