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How Do I know if I have a Flu or Cold? And what is NSV?

By September 11, 2008 - 5:31pm
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Can you help me understand the differences between a cold virus and flu virus? And, when should I go to the doctor or just treat it at home? I was trying to look up my symptoms, and got confused, and also saw there was a third possibility: NSV (non specific virus). What exactly is that?!


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The flu makes you feel awful all over, with fever, body aches, headache, fatigue and more.

A cold rarely has associated fever and body aches, but you may feel a little fatigued or run down.

The flu is significantly more severe in its symptoms and dangers, whereas a cold is often manifested in sinus congestion and sneezing without serious complications.

Non-specific means that your doctor can't provide a clear diagnosis. "NSV," however, also refers to non-specific vaginitis.

Is it a cold or the flu?

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September 11, 2008 - 6:17pm
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