Though colds and flus share many symptoms, there are differences between them. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, while the leading cause of the common cold is the rhinovirus. There are over 100 strains of rhinoviruses (“rhino” means nose).
Since colds and flus are caused by different viruses, each illness requires a different solution. Being prepared for both is in your family’s best interest. Medical experts annually select the flu strains to put into a vaccine. Getting this flu shot is your best bet at protecting your family against the flu.
At the first sign of a cold, take Zicam® Cold Remedy. When taken within the first 24 to 48 hours, Zicam® Cold Remedy is made with zinc to shorten the duration of your cold.
|Fever||Rare||Characteristic, high (102-104°F); lasts 3-4 days|
|General aches, pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, weakness||Quite mild||Can last up to 2-3 weeks|
|Extreme exhaustion||Never||Early and prominent|
|Chest discomfort||Mild to moderate;||Common, cough hacking cough can become severe|
|Complications||Sinus congestion||Bronchitis, pneumonia, or earache can be life-threatening|
|Prevention||None||Annual vaccination; antiviral medicines – see your doctor|
|Treatment||Only temporary||Antiviral medicines – relief of symptoms see your doctor|
Cold and flu viruses are spread in a variety of ways, most often by hand-to-hand contact. To reduce your chance of catching one of these viruses, Zicam suggests the following:
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