"Dear Doctor"Dr Zaid Hirmizis a GP practising at Spire Portsmouth HospitalQ: There's a lot of talk about flu. I don't think I've It normally develops gradually over a day or twoever had it but I hear it can be quite severe. What's and you start feeling better after a few days butthe difference between a cold and flu?A: Colds and flu are not the same but they doshare some of the same symptoms, however theyare caused by different viruses. Flu can be muchmore serious than a coldcan sometimes last up to 2 weeks. Flu tends tocome more quickly and the symptoms appearwithin one to three days after infection. Fever,fatigue and muscle pain are more likely and moresevere with flu.You may be at a higher risk of complications suchA cold can give you more nasal symptoms andymptoms relating to the upper respiratory tractwhich includeas, pneumonia if youare over the age of 65have serious heart or chest complaints,including asthmahave serious kidney disease or liver diseasehave diabeteshave lowered immunityhad a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)e. blocked or runny nose. sore throateheadachese coug. sneezingpressure in your ears and face. loss of taste and smell. a high temperature or fever. muscle aches and pains. feeling exhausted and needing to lie downWhether it's a cold or flu, I would advise you toseek medical help if you eitherhave a chronic condition (such as asthma,diabetes or heart disease)have a very high fever as well as an unusuallysevere headache or abdominal or chest pain.To book a consultation or for any enquiries,please speak to our team on:S2Spire02392 801 142info@spireportsmouth.comPortsmouth HospitalThe content of this advertisement is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professionalmedical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

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"Dear Doctor" Dr Zaid Hirmiz is a GP practising at Spire Portsmouth Hospital Q: There's a lot of talk about flu. I don't think I've It normally develops gradually over a day or two ever had it but I hear it can be quite severe. What's and you start feeling better after a few days but the difference between a cold and flu? A: Colds and flu are not the same but they do share some of the same symptoms, however they are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much more serious than a cold can sometimes last up to 2 weeks. Flu tends to come more quickly and the symptoms appear within one to three days after infection. Fever, fatigue and muscle pain are more likely and more severe with flu. You may be at a higher risk of complications such A cold can give you more nasal symptoms and ymptoms relating to the upper respiratory tract which include as, pneumonia if you are over the age of 65 have serious heart or chest complaints, including asthma have serious kidney disease or liver disease have diabetes have lowered immunity had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) e . blocked or runny nose . sore throat e headaches e coug . sneezing pressure in your ears and face . loss of taste and smell . a high temperature or fever . muscle aches and pains . feeling exhausted and needing to lie down Whether it's a cold or flu, I would advise you to seek medical help if you either have a chronic condition (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease) have a very high fever as well as an unusually severe headache or abdominal or chest pain . To book a consultation or for any enquiries, please speak to our team on: S2 Spire 02392 801 142 info@spireportsmouth.com Portsmouth Hospital The content of this advertisement is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

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