oa Professional Nursing Today - Combination cold and flu preparations : getting ready for winter : clinical
The common cold is well named, as it is the most frequent acute illness in the industrialised world. A cold is generally a benign, self-limiting viral illness that exhibits a number of symptoms, including a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, a sore throat, a cough, a headache and malaise. These symptoms, while usually not serious, affect day-to-day-life, and prompt patients to purchase over-the-counter medication.
Influenza or flu is a more serious illness. Flu symptoms include those of a cold with the addition of fever, muscle aches, pains and fatigue.
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