Cold & Flu
The cold and the flu (influenza) are common viral infections of the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract. The common cold is easily self-treatable and not preventable, while influenza is somewhat preventable by vaccine and can become deadly if not treated.
Cold symptoms are usually similar but milder than flu symptoms, and flu symptoms worsen much quicker.
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3,000,000+ cases of the cold per year
Self-diagnosable in most cases
Resolves within a few days or weeks
Understand the Basics
A common cold can be eased with the use of nasal decongestants, anti-histamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Acetaminophen.