How To Tell If You Have A Cold or Flu

If your nose is feeling all stuffed up and your throat is itchy and dry, chances are you are coming down with something. This time of year, colds and flu viruses are rife,  and it can be difficult to tell whether you are dealing with a common cold or something more serious.

Both the common cold and the flu are respiratory infections, and there is no known cure for either. Happily, there are plenty of ways to help make yourself feel better as you let the virus run its course.

Popular natural remedies to help make you feel better including taking echinacea tablets, drinking hot water and honey, and eating chicken soup.

Cold Or Flu – Which One Is It?

Knowing which strain of virus you’re suffering from won’t help alleviate your symptoms any quicker. But it’s important to know if you have the flu, particularly if you have other medical conditions or a weakened immune system.

The simplest way to identify which kind if the virus you are suffering from is to think about how you are feeling.

If you have a cold, your symptoms will usually include:

  • A runny nose
  • A blocked or stuffy nose
  • A sore throat
  • Sneezing fits
  • A cough
  • A headache
  • Body aches and chills
  • Mild tiredness and a general feeling of malaise

Usually a cold will start with a stuffy nose and a dry throat, and you will start to feel worse over a 24 – 48 hour period, until the cold peaks. You’ll likely be back to yourself within 10 days, but some colds can hang around for up to 2 weeks.

With the flu however, you can feel a lot more poorly and the virus can come on very quickly. You can still feel out-of-sorts and run down for at least a week or so after the worst of the virus has passed. Flu symptoms include:

  • A dry, hacking cough
  • A moderate to high temperature
  • A sore throat
  • Shaking and chills, despite having a raised body temperature
  • Severe aches in your muscles or other parts of your body
  • A severe headache
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Intense fatigue that could last up to two weeks
  • Feeling nauseous and / or vomiting

You can find out more about the symptoms of cold and flu on the NHS website,  and when you should contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen on.

Herbal Remedies For Cold And Flu

Whatever the type of virus causing your symptoms, you probably just want to feel better as quickly as possible.

Herbal remedies for both colds and flu often contain Echinacea, a flowering plant that is traditionally used to help relieve some of the symptoms of cold and flu and is believed to reduce the duration of a cold or flu, helping to get you back on your feet sooner.

Echinacea tablets are used around the world as the go-to natural remedy for colds and flu. We’ve combined Echinacea with the immune-boosting Vitamin C and Zinc in HRI Coldcare to give your body a powerful fighting force against infections to relieve symptoms of colds and flu with three times the power!

You can start to take HRI Coldcare before you have any symptoms of a cold to help boost your body’s defences against germs and increase the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body.

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