Dear Pharmacist: Everyone in my family gets sick. What can I do to help myself? — K.B., San Antonio
Knowing if you have the flu versus the common cold is helpful. The flu comes on fast and furious, presenting itself with a high fever (often above 101 degrees), chills, joint pain, body aches and sheer misery head to toe. The influenza virus causes the flu, whereas the common cold can be caused by any one of 200 viruses. Symptoms of the common cold are above the neck and much wetter than the flu, so there’s more mucus, as in runny nose, congestion, watery eyes and sneezing.
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