Is it the Flu or a Cold? How to Tell the Difference

2. Temperature

How do you tell the difference between a flu and a cold? Experts suggest taking your temperature. In most situations a cold won’t raise one’s body temperature more than a couple degrees. However, a flu will typically raise one’s body temperature well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This fever can also last several days.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have a thermometer handy during the cold season. You can acquire one at most pharmacies or department stores.


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