Cold vs. swine flu – How to know?


Nowadays it is very easy to develop swine flu and cold.  Day by day pollution and viruses are increasing. In this situation, it is tough for a person to understand whether they are developing swine flu or regular cold during coughing or sneezing. People often get confused between swine flu and regular flu. However, there are common symptoms which can show people the difference between the cold vs. swine flu.


Cold has some regular symptoms, which are easy to indentify. In the beginning, a person may experience sore throat that lasts normally for one to two days.  If the cold persists then congestion and runny nose can be seen within day 4 and day 5 into the illness.  Most of the adults usually do not have fever with cold whereas children usually have fever when they get cold. These symptoms of cold usually last for about a week.  It is very contagious within the first 2-3 days and patients therefore are advised to take bed rest. However, if the symptoms persist even after one week into the sickness, a doctor should be contacted immediately.

Swine wine flu is just an influenza A H1N1 virus, which have common symptoms like the other seasonal flu symptoms. However, people get very scared of swine flu because as there are no vaccination for it. It also spreads very rapidly whenever people cough or sneeze. Therefore, people should maintain total cleanliness throughout the duration of swine flu. Some of the people who are at high risks of swine flu are pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, children who are under two years of age and people who are very overweight and obese.

Although the symptoms of swine flu and cold are common, several symptoms can help to make a distinction between cold vs. swine flu. First of all, fever is usually absent in regular cold but in case of swine flue it is usually present which usually lasts for three to four days.  People may experience cough during regular cold and swine flu.  However, very thick mucus can be seen during regular flu compared to swine flu. In addition, headaches and chill are more common in swine flu than regular cold.  Lastly, the body aches and pains are very mildly during regular cold but more severe during swine flu.

Sore throat occurs during both regular cold and swine flu. However, it is more painful in swine flu. It also should be noted that symptoms during regular cold develop with a few days. On the other, during swine flu, these symptoms develop suddenly. Within three to six hours, of developing swine flu, a person may find themselves with several symptoms like high fever, body ache and headaches. People during swine flu may experience very severe chest pain compared to regular flu. One of the most important thing is that sneezing is often absent in swine flu but always present in regular cold.

Swine flu and cold comes without any notice. Without proper medical tests and exams it is very difficult to identify whether a person is having swine flu or cold.  Therefore, people should check the symptoms, which help to identify between cold vs. swine flu. Lastly, whenever people start to develop these symptoms, they should consult a doctor immediately before anything drastic happens.