Herpes & Cold Flu Symptoms

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Herpes, colds and influenza are all caused by different viruses. While many of the symptoms of the cold and flu are similar, symptoms of the herpes virus vary a lot. Cold and flu infections can occasionally cause an outbreak of cold sores (also known as fever blisters), which are the herpes virus.

Flu Symptoms

  • Flu symptoms include high fevers (over 101 degrees F), dry coughs, body aches and chills, and a rapid onset of symptoms.

Cold Symptoms

  • Cold symptoms include lower grade fevers (below 101 degrees F), phlegmy coughs, and sneezing and nasal discharge.

Herpes Symptoms

  • Before the onset of a herpes blister, you may feel the spot to be tingly or numb. The blister will then begin to form, and it will stay for 3 to 4 days before beginning to fade.

Antiviral Medication

  • Antiviral medications can help shorten the symptoms of the flu and herpes, as well as make them less severe.

Anti-inflammatory Medication

  • Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that can ease the pain and discomfort (and fever, if present) of herpes, flu and cold viruses.

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