There are over 200 different viruses that can cause these symptoms. Nearly everyone has had a cold - it is such a common ailment that doctors usually refer to it as the "common cold." After you catch one of the viruses, your body builds up immunity to it. So you are less likely to catch that cold again. That's why adults generally have fewer colds than children do. It's simply because adults are immune to more of the cold viruses.

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Cold and Flu relief tips

  • Sleep more and give your body a chance to fight back and take more rest
  • Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious food
  • Keep the air moist to relieve nasal congestion
  • Reduce workload and avoid stress
  • Try sleeping with an extra pillow. Being slightly elevated can help draining the congestion so you sleep better

Cold and Flu prevention tips

  • If possible, stay away from enclosed, crowded places during the peak of the flu season.
  • Handwashing often helps to protect you from germs. Avoid using contaminated hands to touch your eyes and nose.  
  • Get plenty of rest, give yourself enough time to fully recover before returning to your normal routine.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  
  • Frequently clean and disinfect touched surfaces at home or work, especially when someone is ill.  

Cold vs Flu Cold symptoms may appear within 48 hours after infected, whereas flu attacks stronger and faster. Although cold and flu share many of the same symptoms, cold is less serious with shorter duration and usually not accompanied with high fever.

Coughing

Runny nose

Nasal congestion

Headache

Cold or flu are spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Cold or flu are spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Cold or flu are spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Cold or flu are spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Cold or flu is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Cold or flu is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Cold or flu is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with infected individuals

Sore throat

Fever

Body aches and pains

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Cough

Cough can be a symptom of cold or flu, you may suffer from phlegm, productive cough or dry cough.

Runny nose

When we have cold or flu, our body releases histamine which increases blood flow to the nose and causes symptoms such as nasal congestion and runny nose.

Nasal congestion

Nasal congestion occurs when the membranes lining in the nose becomes swollen as a result of inflamed blood vessels.

Headache

It is common to have headache when you have flu; it is mainly due to fever and dehydration.

Sore throat

Sore throat is usually caused by bacterial or viral infection, and can be the first sign of cold or flu.

Fever

Fever is a common symptom of flu. If your body temperature is above 100.4°F (38°C), please take rest and lower your body temperature.

Body aches and pains

Body aches and pains are distinctive symptoms of flu.

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