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Is it true that antibiotics can cure colds & flus? Are all over-the counter cold medicines the same? Learn the truth and tackle your symptoms right away.

Since the symptoms of an influenza infection are very different from the common cold, the diagnosis can be made fairly quickly. A doctor will be able to tell that you have the flu if you have at least some or most of these symptoms:

  • high fever
  • aches and pains everywhere, especially in the back and legs
  • bad headache
  • sensitivity to light
  • red and watery eyes and a runny nose
  • nauseous feeling and possible vomiting
  • dry cough at first, then bringing up sputum
  • burning sensation in the chest

If there is any doubt, a doctor can make sure that it's the flu by taking a sample of your nasal secretions or sputum (phlegm) and testing it for the virus. This is rarely needed.

Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team