The common cold is an unpleasant – albeit mild – viral infection that attacks the upper respiratory system and mostly affects the nose. Meanwhile, the flu is an acute infectious virus. Symptoms of a cold include a tender throat, coughing, nasal blockages, mild headaches, eyes watering, mild fever, fatigue and compulsive sneezing. The symptoms of the flu are similar, but more acute, including headaches, exhaustion, chills, dry coughing, body aching, fever and throat and nose irritations, with the potential for nausea and vomiting. Treatment options include pain relievers, cough syrup, decongestants, supplements, herbal treatments, fluids, rest, annual vaccination, medication, acupressure, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homoeopathy, reflexology and naturopathy.
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