What causes a cold or flu?
You might be surprised to learn the common cold, which tend to affect people more in winter, are both caused by viruses.
Although these conditions are caused by different viral strains, with the flu being a more severe illness caused by the influenza virus, the symptoms can be quite similar.
|Cold Symptoms||Flu Symptoms|
|Sore throat||Sore throat|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Runny nose|
Fever, headaches and muscle aches are more symptomatic of the flu while sneezing, a blocked nose and mild fever suggest you’ve got a cold.
When you start to feel some of these symptoms, and keep in mind that they generally won’t all occur at the same time, it might still be difficult to tell what you’ve got.
If the onset of the symptoms is gradual, say 1 – 3 days, you’re probably coming down with a cold. Whereas sudden and rapid onset of symptoms points more towards the flu.
Please, if in doubt don’t hesitate to contact your GP.
Hard hitting relief
Your instincts might tell you to take paracetamol. Cold and flu symptoms are often caused by inflammation and that is why a smart option is Nurofen Cold and Flu PE, anti-inflammatory tablets that combine ibuprofen with a decongestant for fast, effective relief for cold & flu symptoms. Each tablet relieves:
- Fever and body aches
- Sore throat
- Blocked or runny nose
- Take with water.
- Adults and children from 12 years: 2 tablets, then 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as necessary (maximum 6 tablets in 24 hours).
- Do not give Nurofen Cold and Flu PE tablets to children under 12 years.
Nurofen Cold and Flu PE 48 pack is only available at your pharmacy.