Now as we grow older, chances are we are gonna get some sort of cold or flu. In fact, is in inevitable that you will get the flu at some point in your life. But how can you diagnose a flu or cold from something more serious? The first step is not turning to WebMD. If you have a cough and runny nose and google your symptoms many of the helpful diagnoses that WebMD returns are: hay fever, bronchitis, viral pharyngitis, west Nile virus, and mesenteric lymphadenitis. Now all of these big words may cause you to panic unnecessarily when in reality, you just have a cold. Always remember: a cold = sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and a cough (this only lasts for a week) but a flu = sore throat, fever, muscle aches, congestion, and a cough (this can last for about a week but you may feel weaker for up to three weeks). Now when you realize you are sick it is important to treat it right away as to feel better quicker. Resting (STAYING HOME), drinking plenty of water, eating soup, and taking pain relievers and fever reducers like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.