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12 Ways to Distinguish Between a Cold, Flu and Pneumonia


If you’re sneezing or have a hacking cough, as well as some other symptoms, you might pass it off as a simple cold. But is it? When it comes to the flu or pneumonia, early treatment is key so ignoring certain signs can lead to bigger problems that can’t be cured from over-the-counter medication.

While colds, flu and pneumonia share some similarities, there are differences in the symptoms – are more accurately, the severity of the symptoms. Let’s take a look at 12 ways these 3-ailments are different from one another…

1. Feeling Out a Cold

Livestrong.com defines colds as illnesses caused by viruses that affect the upper respiratory tract – namely the throat, nose, sinuses and ears. Colds are also referred to as upper respiratory infections or URIs, adds the source.

It explains there are actually more than 200-different cold viruses, with rhinovirus being the most common. While adults present the usual runny nose and sneezing, infants can develop a fever or ear infections from a simple cold, making it hard to distinguish from other ailments.

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