Cold & Flu Test
Is It Really a Cold? Or Something Nastier?
Some "colds" aren't - and if you treat them like a cold, they may get a lot worse. This mini-checkup is designed to help you distinguish between the real thing and three clever dissemblers that, if they get out of hand, could actually land you in the hospital.
Answer these quick questions
Describe your symptoms by clicking the choices below.
Based on your symptoms, you've just evaluated your odds of having each of four different ailments -- a cold, allergies, asthma or sinusitis. A first-time attack of the last three can be confusing and, if it's severe, risky. If in doubt, err on the side of caution: See a physician and get a definitive diagnosis.
The Odds That You Have...
|Problem||Likelihood||What To Do|
|A cold||Self-treat unless symptoms are severe.|
|An allergy||See a doctor if symptoms are severe; otherwise, treat with antihistamines and decongestants.|
|Asthma||If you suspect asthma but have never been diagnosed or treated for it, see a doctor - a severe attack can be life-threatening.|
|Sinusitis||See a doctor - effective treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis.|