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Is It A Cold, Flu, Or Pneumonia?

When the Flu(Influenza) leads to Pneumonia

Battling the flu can tax your immune system and can increase the chances that you'll develop pneumonia. To help prevent other infectious organisms from gaining a foothold in the lungs, drink lots of liquids. Avoid taking antihistimines, which can dry and thicken secretions in the respitory tract. Also, try to avoid smoking and drinking excessive alcohol, which can interfere with the body's natural mechanisms that flush out invading organisms. Taking these simple precautions can help you recover from the flu and help prevent pneumonia and other illnesses. American Lung Association.

Symptom

Cold

Flu

Pneumonia

Fever

Rare

Characteristic, high (over 101F) lasting 3-4 days

Characteristic, high and rises rapidly (up to 105F)

Headache

Rare

Prominent

Generally no

Muscle aches and pains

Slight

Usual and often severe

Occasionally

Fatigue

Mild

Early, prominent and can last up to 2-3 weeks

Occasionally

Stuffy/runny nose

Common

Sometimes

Generally no

Sore, scratchy throat

Common

Sometimes

Generally no

Chest discomfort/pain

Mild to moderate

Common

Common

Cough

Common

Generally a dry hacking cough

Moist cough; may produce rust colored sputum or pus

Onset of Symptoms

Gradual

Rapid

Gradual

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