Is it a Cold?

An upper respiratory infection (URI) is commonly known as a cold.  Little needs to be said about the symptoms because they are all too familiar, frustrating and annoying.  They are almost always viral infections, and antibiotics that are effective against bacteria are NOT effective, and should NOT be used.  

Antibiotics will not shorten the duration of these kinds of infections. Their unwarranted use develops resistant strains of bacteria, and can sometimes cause you to become allergic to the entire class of antibiotics.  Antibiotics have many side effects.  Currently most physicians recommend antibiotics be considered if there are symptoms remaining after 10 days.  There are anti viral drugs that can be used against influenza, but they are specific to the type of virus.
see Dr Jones recommendations for Upper Respiratory Infections

 Cold vs H1N1 (swine) Flu Symptoms

 Symptom

Cold

H1N1 (swine) Flu

 Fever  Fever is rare with a cold
80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100' or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
 Cough A hacking, productive (mucus-producing) cough is often present with a cold
A non-productive (non mucus-producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as a dry cough) 
 Aches  Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold
Severe aches and pains are common with the flu
 Stuffy Nose
 Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu
  Chills Chills are common with a cold
60% of people who have the flu experience chills
 Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold
Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu
 Tiredness  Tiredness is fair;y mild with a cold
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu
 Sneezing  Sneezing is commonly present with a cold
Sneezing is not common with the flu
Sudden Symptoms
 Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days
The flu has a rapid onset within 3 to 6 hours.  The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains
 Headache  a headache is fairly uncommon with a cold
A headache is very common with the flu.  It is present in 80% of f;u cases
 Sore Throat
 Sore throat is commonly present with a cold
Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  
They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 
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