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Is it possible to have both a cold and the flu at the same time?

Answer by:
Rod Moser, PA, PhD

Primary Care, WebMD Medical Expert
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Yes, a person can have more than one viral infection at the same time. True influenza is so miserable that how would you even know if you also had a common cold?

Diagnosed early and by laboratory confirmation (there is a rapid flu test), the course of influenza can be shortened by using a drug called Tamiflu. Colds, of course, have no specific treatment. They will last about a week.

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