It seems like everyone has some sort of winter malady.  Runny nose, coughing, sneezing, just a general achy and irritable attitude.  So do you have a cold or the flu? Here's how to tell.  The website, Family Doctor.org offers an easy to follow chart that helps you understand the difference.  And understanding is a huge part of treating what ails you. In addition to the cold or flu symptoms, there's bronchitis, sinusitis, strep throat and allergies.  You can't treat your ailment if you don't know what it is.

There are some common things to help alleviate your symptoms; lots of rest, plenty of fluids and frequently washing your hands.  And if a fever or sore throat lasts for more than 48 hours, see a doctor.