This year's flu season has been the worst we've seen in a long time. The whole country is struggling to fend off the symptoms, and it's honestly getting to be a bit much. We all seem to be fighting off a cold or flu every second week, but how do you know when you should be worried?
Lately, the flu has gotten this new dangerous reputation. However, it can be hard to know the difference between the common cold and the flu.
Dr. Jennifer Caudle recently spoke with Bustle to help decipher the differences between a cold and a flu, and it is really helpful to get a doctor's advice. "It can be hard to tell between having a cold and having the flu, because a lot of the symptoms like sneezing, coughing, tend to overlap," Caudle said.
There are however a few ways that you can tell the difference. "The flu comes on rather quickly and symptoms seem to be more severe than a cold," Claudle says. "Things like high fever and muscle aches and pains tend to hit you like a bus and it just wipes people out."
Here are some other tricks to tell if it's a cold or a flu:
1. If you are suddenly extremely tired all the time
Your energy levels are a really good indicator of your health, and suddenly becoming incredibly exhausted all the time is more often linked to the flu rather than a cold. While you might feel a bit run down while you have a cold, the weakness you'll feel while you have a flu will probably make it almost impossible to do the things you would normally do.
2. If your muscles ache and you are experiencing chills
Not only will you feel tired when you have the flu, but you're going to get a lot of unexplained pains in your back, legs, head, and neck. Body aches aren't typically associated with a regular cold.