So you don’t feel too well, but you’re not sure whether you have a cold or the flu. What is the difference?
Both are caused by viruses and spread by coughs and sneezes, but the symptoms of flu are usually worse.
Here is an answer to that question for you.
If your symptoms are confined above the neck, such as congestion, sore throat, sneezing, coughing then you probably have a cold, caused by any one of 200 viruses that other people’s sneezes or coughs have placed in the air or on something you’ve touched.
If you have all those symptoms and a fever of 38.5ºC or more and headache, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting then you’re more likely to have the flu. It usually lasts for a week or more and can leave you feeling weak and down in the dumps for days or even weeks afterwards.
Manflu, according to popular beliefs ‘by men’ that there cold symptoms are more like flu could have some foundation in the fact that women of child bearing age have added protection from oestrogen that could lesson flu symptoms. I think its more that men exaggerate their symptoms just to get extra sympathy and attention….
Back to reality and a night of little sleep as all I could do was cough and keep my partner awake.
Maybe its time to check out these remedies and do something natural to help this cough.
Yet for me to actually realise that I have a cold is a miracle. It’s because the symptoms of a low thyroid, low adrenal glands and low Vitamin D3 all have many similarities to the common cold.
Low thyroid symptoms
Excessive fatigue and exhaustion, chronic fatigue
Sleep disturbance, insomnia
Craving salty and/or sweet foods
Sensitivity to light
Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
Low immune function
Sensitivity to cold
Lack of lust for life and/or food
Vitamin D3 deficiency
low immunity, so increase amount of colds you get
To get a cold or even flu on top of all of those symptoms, all I actually noticed was a cough and a running nose! I was living all those symptoms every single day and working on a way to get better.
Today I am proud to say I have a cold and I am recovering from it, just like a normal person. I celebrate having my cold as to me it means I no longer have all those symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, Adrenal fatigue and low levels of Vitamin D3. When someone says to me ‘poor you’ I cheerfully reply with a funny sounding voice that I’m happy to have a cold, I embrace it as for me it means my overall health has skyrocketed back to ‘normal’. If I had the energy I would now be doing a little jig of joy…….
I guess its just the way we look at things. The old ‘is your glass half empty or half full’ question.
My life is so much more than half full. By changing the words we use we can change the way we feel, I could be miserable about my cold but I choose to celebrate the amazing way my body has changed and is now healing. Make the way you talk to and about the world more positive and watch your own thoughts change.
Before I let you go I didn’t want you to leave my page too early so here is the link for more great natural cough remedies for cold, flu or even man flu!