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Posted on 1. March 2018

Cold vs. Flu

By Abbie Cornett

Finally, there is some good news about this year’s flu season. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced there are fewer reports from physicians about patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms, with the number declining from 7.4 percent for the week ending Feb. 10 to 6.4 percent for the week ending Feb. 17.1

Yet, having flu-like symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean the flu. It’s possible that rather than the flu, it may be the flu’s baby brother: a cold virus.

Understanding the difference between the two is particularly important for people who have an immune deficiency or a chronic illness that results in a suppressed immune system. People who suffer from these types of diseases are more susceptible to experiencing serious complications resulting from the flu. Complications can include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.

Both the flu and a cold are respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. But, because the illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. A cold usually presents with less-severe symptoms than the flu and has a shorter duration. Further, a cold is a viral infection that affects the upper-respiratory system, while the flu is a viral infection caused by the influenza virus that affects the entire respiratory system.

CDC has a helpful chart showing the difference in symptoms between the two.


Regardless of whether it is the flu or a cold, it is important to seek medical attention, especially those at risk of suffering complications. Those at risk include young children, people over age 65, pregnant women, people with asthma and those with medical conditions that affect their ability to fight infection.

1 The First Good News of This Year’s Terrible Flu Season! MSN News.
Accessed Feb. 23, 2018 at www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-first-good-news-of-this-year%e2%80%99s-terrible-flu-season/ar-BBJvpdQ.

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2012-08-09 Learning to Let Go 2 4
2012-08-02 IVIG: You're Not Alone 176 3.2
2012-07-26 Supporting Teens with Chronic Illness 3 None
2012-07-19 The Evolution of Goals and Dreams 2 5
2012-07-12 Embracing Carpe Diem 6 5
2012-07-05 From Teacher to Advocate 8 5
2012-06-28 Ask Yourself Why 2 3
2012-06-21 Diagnosing and Treating Myasthenia Gravis 10 5
2012-06-14 Make Peace and Let it Go! 3 5
2012-06-07 What Is Your Self-Care Account Balance? 0 None
2012-05-31 Can a History Lesson Foretell IG's Future? 2 5
2012-05-24 Summer Travel Nutrition 0 None
2012-05-17 Taking Medical Symptoms Seriously 1 4
2012-05-10 Taking Risks 1 4
2012-05-03 The Power of Shared Experience 1 None
2012-04-26 Treated or Mistreated? The Uncertainty of Treatment 3 None
2012-04-19 Treating Infusion Side Effects 159 3.3
2012-04-12 My Child's Advocate 0 None
2012-04-05 Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet 0 None
2012-03-29 Enter IG Living Second Annual Essay Contest! 0 None
2012-03-22 Multiple Sclerosis - No Longer Untreatable 0 None
2012-03-15 Not Medically Necessary 1 5
2012-03-08 Will Justice (and the Justices) Prevail? 1 None
2012-03-01 Learning to Be Assertive Despite the Fatigue of Illness 3 5
2012-02-23 My Mom's Kryptonite 3 5
2012-02-16 Chronic Illness Before the Diagnosis: You're Not Crazy. Trust Yourself. 14 2.5
2012-02-09 Inside Out Socks 1 None
2012-01-26 Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable 5 None
2012-01-05 10 Ways to Care for Your Marriage When You Have a Chronic Illness 0 5
2011-12-08 Should Physicians Pay Patients for Waiting? 2 4
2011-11-17 10 Things to Say to a Sick Friend 2 4.7
2011-11-10 A Veterans' Day Tribute to Those Who Have Helped Us in Our Battle with Immune Disease 2 5
2011-10-20 Giving Patients Direct Access to Test Results: Is It a Good Idea? 13 5
2011-10-13 We Tip Our Hats to Those Who Give 2 None
2011-10-06 Sickness and Suffering 0 4
2011-09-29 Double Check Your Medical Bills 0 5
2011-09-22 All the Good Spots Are Taken 4 None
2011-09-08 Putting a Face On an Invisible Disease 2 5
2011-08-11 That is Not What I Meant 0 None
2011-08-04 Maybe It's Not the Patient Who Is Difficult 1 5
2011-07-28 What Would You Do If It Were You, Doc? 0 4.5
2011-07-21 Genetic Testing: What Is it? 2 4
2011-05-12 Follow the Profit 0 None
2011-04-01 Wasteful Healthcare Regulations 2 None
2011-02-04 Am I My Brother’s Keeper? 8 5
2010-12-03 How Does Your Doctor Rate? 9 5
2010-09-24 To the Naysayers of Healthcare Reform: Imagine Walking in the Shoes of a Patient with a Chronic Illness 8 5
2010-08-27 Preauthorization Not Required 4 None
2010-07-23 Lysol, Luggage and Lodging-Oh, My! 1 5
2010-07-02 Denied By Mistake! A Reimbursement System That Needs Fixing 1 5
2010-06-18 Meeting Your Medical Match 4 3.7

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2016-03-10 Happy Anniversary, IG Living! 0 5
2016-01-28 Learning to Love Valentine’s Day 0 5
2015-12-31 A Chance to Participate in a Gene Study for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 0 None
2015-12-01 10 Indispensables for Those with Chronic Pain and Illness 1 5
2015-11-05 9 Things to Say to a Loved One with a Chronic Illness 1 4
2015-10-15 Autoimmune Disease: The Importance of Knowing Your Family Health History 0 None
2015-10-01 PANDAS/PANS Awareness Week 0 None
2015-07-09 A Look Back at the IDF National Conference 0 4
2015-06-24 The Road to New Orleans 1 3.5
2014-11-21 Let It Out 0 3.5
2012-07-05 From Teacher to Advocate 8 5
2012-04-05 Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet 0 None
2011-09-08 Putting a Face On an Invisible Disease 2 5
2010-06-11 Raised in Captivity 10 5

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Date Title Comments Rating
2019-02-21 What’s In the Glass? 0 5
2019-01-03 The Resolution 0 None
2018-09-20 People Heal and Transform Just Like Sequoias 0 None
2018-09-06 Life Happens 0 None
2018-05-17 Diseases Are Not a Competition 0 None
2018-04-19 Are Your Prescriptions Cheaper Without Insurance? 0 None
2018-04-05 PI Shouldn’t Be Compared with Other Diseases 2 5
2018-03-01 Cold vs. Flu 0 None
2018-02-15 Top 24 Workplace Accommodations for Individuals with Autoimmune Conditions 0 None
2018-01-18 Should I Tell My Employer About My Autoimmune Condition? 1 None
2018-01-04 Is Autoimmune Disease a Disability? 0 5
2017-12-21 How to Best Enjoy the Holidays Despite Chronic Illness 0 4
2017-12-07 SSDI vs. SSI 0 5
2017-11-02 The Doctor-Delayed Diagnosis 3 None
2017-10-05 The Psychological Implications of "Everything, Everything" 1 4
2017-04-20 IG Living in the Workplace - “I Own It!” 0 None
2017-03-16 Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits 0 None
2017-02-16 The Pre-Approval Blues 2 5
2016-12-15 Today Is That Dreaded Day! 0 5
2016-10-27 Through the Eyes of a Child 1 3
2016-06-30 5 Tips for Chronically Ill Patients on How to Act During a Doctor Appointment 1 4.5
2016-06-16 Tips for Surviving Summer with Chronic Illness/Chronically Ill Children 0 5
2016-05-26 7 Tips for Using Social Media 0 5
2016-05-19 A Mother’s Fear 1 5
2016-03-24 5 Tips on Coping with an Incurable Illness 0 3.8
2016-03-10 Happy Anniversary, IG Living! 0 5
2016-02-25 Living with CVID 19 4
2016-01-28 Learning to Love Valentine’s Day 0 5
2015-12-31 A Chance to Participate in a Gene Study for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 0 None
2015-12-01 10 Indispensables for Those with Chronic Pain and Illness 1 5
2015-11-05 9 Things to Say to a Loved One with a Chronic Illness 1 4
2015-10-15 Autoimmune Disease: The Importance of Knowing Your Family Health History 0 None
2015-10-01 PANDAS/PANS Awareness Week 0 None
2014-06-26 A Call for Open Access to Medical Journals 6 5
2014-03-13 Enchantment 7 5
2013-10-03 Update: Disneyland No Longer Issuing Disabled Passes 1 5
2012-10-18 Confronting Chronic Rudeness 10 5
2012-08-16 Do the Consumer Protections Under Healthcare Reform Apply to You? 0 2
2012-07-05 From Teacher to Advocate 8 5
2012-04-26 Treated or Mistreated? The Uncertainty of Treatment 3 None
2012-03-08 Will Justice (and the Justices) Prevail? 1 None
2011-11-10 A Veterans' Day Tribute to Those Who Have Helped Us in Our Battle with Immune Disease 2 5
2011-10-20 Giving Patients Direct Access to Test Results: Is It a Good Idea? 13 5
2011-09-29 Double Check Your Medical Bills 0 5
2011-08-11 That is Not What I Meant 0 None
2011-07-28 What Would You Do If It Were You, Doc? 0 4.5
2011-07-14 Confronting Chronic Rudeness 10 4
2011-02-11 There’s a Fee for That 7 None
2010-10-29 Overcoming Adversity: Learning by Example 2 None

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Date Title Comments Rating
2019-01-03 The Resolution 0 None
2018-11-15 Assessing Your Loved One’s Long-Term Care Needs and the Potential Costs 0 None
2018-11-01 Thanksgiving Survival Guide 0 None
2018-09-20 People Heal and Transform Just Like Sequoias 0 None
2018-09-06 Life Happens 0 None
2018-08-02 Dangling: Don’t Settle for False Hope in Treatment 0 None
2018-07-19 You Are Worthy 0 None
2018-06-21 Keep Your Cool This Summer 0 None
2018-05-03 Living With Chronic Pain: A Pocket Guide to Relief 0 None
2018-04-05 PI Shouldn’t Be Compared with Other Diseases 2 5
2018-03-15 Be Kind 3 4.7
2018-03-01 Cold vs. Flu 0 None
2018-02-01 Surviving Valentine’s Day with a Chronic Illness 0 4
2018-01-04 Is Autoimmune Disease a Disability? 0 5
2017-10-05 The Psychological Implications of "Everything, Everything" 1 4
2017-07-20 A Zebra at Disney 3 None
2017-07-06 How Medicare Works with Other Insurance 2 5
2017-04-06 How to File a Complaint Against Your Medicare Drug or Health Plan 0 5
2017-03-02 How Not to Feel Like a Victim When Managing Chronic Illness 5 None
2017-02-02 Tips for Reducing Chronic Pain 1 None
2016-12-15 Today Is That Dreaded Day! 0 5
2016-10-27 Through the Eyes of a Child 1 3
2016-10-13 Get Free Help with Your Medicare 0 5
2016-09-29 Halloween Memories 0 None
2016-08-25 PI and Sun Exposure: My Lesson 0 5
2016-08-18 Know Your Medicare Rights 0 None
2016-06-16 Tips for Surviving Summer with Chronic Illness/Chronically Ill Children 0 5
2016-05-19 A Mother’s Fear 1 5
2016-04-28 Rules for Living with Multiple Diagnoses 6 5
2016-04-21 Sick But Social: The Faithful Friend 3 5
2016-03-24 5 Tips on Coping with an Incurable Illness 0 3.8
2016-03-10 Happy Anniversary, IG Living! 0 5
2016-02-25 Living with CVID 19 4
2016-01-28 Learning to Love Valentine’s Day 0 5
2015-12-31 A Chance to Participate in a Gene Study for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 0 None
2015-12-01 10 Indispensables for Those with Chronic Pain and Illness 1 5
2015-11-05 9 Things to Say to a Loved One with a Chronic Illness 1 4
2015-10-01 PANDAS/PANS Awareness Week 0 None
2015-08-27 Relocating: Steps to Success 0 4
2015-07-09 A Look Back at the IDF National Conference 0 4
2015-05-21 PI Parents: We’re No Different 0 None
2015-03-19 Popcorn Tuesdays 1 4.5
2015-03-05 Caregiving for the Caregiver 0 4
2015-01-08 Staying Positive with Chronic Illness 0 4
2014-09-25 Third Place Essay Contest Winner - It's Not About Me 0 4.8
2014-09-18 2nd Place Essay Contest Winner - The Other Side of the Knife 1 5
2014-08-14 Back to School with PI 0 5
2014-07-31 Seeing Yourself as Healthy 4 5
2014-07-10 “It’s Not You, It’s Me”: Are All Friendships Worth Pursuing? 15 2.8
2014-07-03 A New Independence 3 5
2014-06-19 The Words We Use: Language and the Patient Experience 2 4.5
2014-06-12 Learning to Speak My Truth 6 5
2014-06-04 Some Doctors Are Worth Stalking 3 5
2014-05-29 Vacation Dread? 4 5
2014-05-22 Illness-Free for 72 Hours: What Would You Do? 0 4
2014-05-15 At a Loss for Words 3 5
2014-05-08 Just Push 6 5
2014-05-01 Fighting the Fog 0 4.8
2014-04-25 Real or Imagined 4 5
2014-04-17 Ignoring Health Signs; Pushing Through 2 4.3
2014-04-10 IVIG: Is There No Place Like Home? 16 4.9
2014-04-03 Where Did Everyone Go? 5 4.8
2014-03-20 Hypochondriac 7 5
2014-03-06 Achievements 8 5
2014-02-27 Don’t Let Disappointment Reign 1 5
2014-02-20 How Do You Do It? 0 5
2014-02-13 Learning to Love Valentine's Day 2 5
2014-02-06 Drawing Inspiration from the Winter Games 0 5
2014-01-30 Never Bet Against the Underdog 1 5
2014-01-23 Letting Them Fly 1 5
2014-01-16 Starting a Support Group 4 None
2014-01-09 Constant Guilt 7 5
2014-01-02 Our Friends, Our Village 2 5
2013-12-26 Resolution Reality Check 2 4.5
2013-12-19 Grateful to be Grateful 2 5
2013-12-12 Ten Strategies for an Illness Free Holiday 2 5
2013-12-05 Friendship: The Best Thing in Life 2 5
2013-11-21 Lightning Can Strike Twice ... or More Often 1 5
2013-11-14 There Is No Normal 0 5
2013-10-31 A Good Deed Never Goes Unrewarded 1 4.8
2013-10-24 Role Reversal: My Journey from Caregiver to Patient 2 5
2013-10-17 Don't I Know You From Somewhere? 1 None
2013-10-09 Coping With Loss 1 5
2013-09-26 Be the Change 1 5
2013-09-19 Essay Contest 2nd Place - I am a Patient 3 5
2013-09-12 Essay Contest Winner! - A Father's Pride 5 5
2013-09-05 Perception 2 4.5
2013-08-29 Defining a Miracle 3 5
2013-08-22 The Impoliteness of Strangers 5 4.7
2013-08-14 Having Friends Who Understand Makes Me Feel Better 4 4.8
2013-08-08 Location, Location, Location: Deciding Where to Live with Chronic Illness 9 5
2013-08-01 Kindness Can Change the World 2 4.8
2013-07-25 Life Lessons 1 None
2013-07-18 Using Power for Good 1 None
2013-07-11 Hello Baltimore! 3 5
2013-07-03 A Journey of a Thousand Miles 2 5
2013-06-27 Dating Doctors 4 4.2
2013-06-20 Looking on the Bright Side 6 4.7
2013-06-10 IG Living Fan Spotlight - Ida Wagner 8 4
2013-06-06 Taking Advantage of our Disadvantages 7 5
2013-05-29 Road Blocks 9 5
2013-05-23 Vulnerability and the Zombie Apocalypse 6 5
2013-05-09 Angels In Action 3 5
2013-05-02 Learning To Cope With Pain 5 5
2013-04-18 (Don’t) Put on a Happy Face 10 4
2013-04-11 Needles & Spines 8 5
2013-04-04 Get the Word Out 4 4.5
2013-03-21 Sitting Bedside 1 5
2013-03-14 Rise, Shine and Pray for Strength 5 5
2013-03-07 Coping with Diagnosis: A Journey of Acceptance 3 5
2013-02-21 The Last Best Cure 0 4
2013-02-14 Pills, Pills and More Pills 5 5
2013-02-07 The Balance Between Education and Illness 0 3.7
2013-01-31 Torn: What to Do When She Is Sick 1 5
2013-01-24 The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Teens 0 5
2013-01-17 New IGL Teen Supports Kids with Chronic Illness 0 5
2013-01-10 Lab Day Escapades 2 4.5
2013-01-03 Five Ways to Fight Fatigue 6 2.7
2012-12-27 Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals 3 3.3
2012-12-20 Music for My Soul 0 None
2012-12-12 Here’s How You Can Help 1 4
2012-12-05 Invisible in a World of Wellness 10 4.5
2012-11-28 Dispose of Stress 2 3.5
2012-11-19 Giving Thanks 5 5
2012-11-15 When Life Hands You Lemons 5 2.6
2012-11-08 Leave Worry for Another Day 5 5
2012-11-01 Never Give Up! 2 4.2
2012-10-25 Avoid Holiday Season Sniffles 0 1
2012-10-18 Confronting Chronic Rudeness 10 5
2012-10-11 Why Being a “Good Patient” May be Bad for Your Health 3 None
2012-10-04 Healing Hearts through Paws 5 4
2012-09-27 The Journey of a Single Step 4 5
2012-09-20 The Journey of Risks 1 5
2012-09-13 Lessons from the Deep 2 5
2012-09-06 Let's Get Connected 11 5
2012-08-30 Mirror Image 1 None
2012-07-26 Supporting Teens with Chronic Illness 3 None
2012-07-19 The Evolution of Goals and Dreams 2 5
2012-07-12 Embracing Carpe Diem 6 5
2012-07-05 From Teacher to Advocate 8 5
2012-06-28 Ask Yourself Why 2 3
2012-06-14 Make Peace and Let it Go! 3 5
2012-06-07 What Is Your Self-Care Account Balance? 0 None
2012-05-17 Taking Medical Symptoms Seriously 1 4
2012-05-03 The Power of Shared Experience 1 None
2012-04-26 Treated or Mistreated? The Uncertainty of Treatment 3 None
2012-04-12 My Child's Advocate 0 None
2012-03-22 Multiple Sclerosis - No Longer Untreatable 0 None
2012-03-15 Not Medically Necessary 1 5
2012-03-01 Learning to Be Assertive Despite the Fatigue of Illness 3 5
2012-02-23 My Mom's Kryptonite 3 5
2012-02-16 Chronic Illness Before the Diagnosis: You're Not Crazy. Trust Yourself. 14 2.5
2012-02-09 Inside Out Socks 1 None
2012-01-26 Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable 5 None
2012-01-19 Cyberdating with a Chronic Illness: Not Easy, But with Perks! 1 None
2012-01-05 10 Ways to Care for Your Marriage When You Have a Chronic Illness 0 5
2011-12-29 New Year's Resolutions for People with Chronic Illness 4 5
2011-12-22 'Twas The Night Before IG Day 3 4.2
2011-12-15 Rising Above the Negativity 0 None
2011-12-08 Should Physicians Pay Patients for Waiting? 2 4
2011-12-01 A Message to My Younger Self 1 4
2011-11-23 Overindulge on Gratitude 1 5
2011-11-17 10 Things to Say to a Sick Friend 2 4.7
2011-10-27 Five Tips for Living Well with Chronic Illness 5 5
2011-10-13 We Tip Our Hats to Those Who Give 2 None
2011-10-06 Sickness and Suffering 0 4
2011-09-22 All the Good Spots Are Taken 4 None
2011-09-15 Humanity and Grace 2 5
2011-09-01 Live Like You Were Living 7 None
2011-08-25 Being Honest 2 5
2011-08-18 Living Well with IVIG 6 5
2011-07-14 Confronting Chronic Rudeness 10 4
2011-07-07 Dear Health Diary 1 4
2011-06-30 Living a Normal Life 6 5
2011-06-23 Rejuvenation Does a Body Good 0 2
2011-06-16 10 Tips from 10 Years Sick 7 4
2011-06-09 My Brain is Fried: Inside Chronic Illnesses 5 5
2011-06-02 A Caregivers Guide to Surviving Chronic Illness 2 5
2011-05-26 DNA Doesn't Make Family 0 5
2011-05-05 Confiscate Your Moments 5 5
2011-04-28 The Power of Perseverance 2 5
2011-04-21 An Ode to Chronic Illness 1 4.7
2011-03-25 Knock Knock 1 2.5
2011-02-25 Because I Am His Mother 2 5
2011-01-28 No Penguin Left Behind 1 None
2011-01-14 We Are All a Little Odd 1 5
2011-01-07 Time Most Valued 5 4
2010-12-30 Have a Happy New Year 2 None
2010-12-10 Grandma Jo’s Candy Dish 2 None
2010-11-26 Giving Thanks 3 None
2010-11-12 Actions Versus Intentions 2 None
2010-10-29 Overcoming Adversity: Learning by Example 2 None
2010-10-19 My Jack-In-the-Box 3 None
2010-10-08 It Must be My Fault 3 None
2010-09-17 Avoiding Trees 7 None
2010-09-03 Having and Being a Forever Friend 1 None
2010-07-16 Am I a Caregiver? 2 5
2010-07-09 Love with Fur 3 None

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Date Title Comments Rating
2016-03-10 Happy Anniversary, IG Living! 0 5
2016-01-28 Learning to Love Valentine’s Day 0 5
2015-12-31 A Chance to Participate in a Gene Study for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 0 None
2015-10-01 PANDAS/PANS Awareness Week 0 None
2013-07-11 Hello Baltimore! 3 5
2013-05-02 Learning To Cope With Pain 5 5
2013-04-25 Indebted to the Doctor Who Saved My Life 6 3.6
2013-03-14 Rise, Shine and Pray for Strength 5 5
2013-02-07 The Balance Between Education and Illness 0 3.7
2013-01-31 Torn: What to Do When She Is Sick 1 5
2013-01-24 The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Teens 0 5
2013-01-17 New IGL Teen Supports Kids with Chronic Illness 0 5

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2019-11-21 Holiday Calories Do Count 0 None
2013-05-16 You DO Listen, You DO Care 6 5

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