Tissue Anyone?

Tissue box by angelcaramelo
Tissue box, a photo by angelcaramelo on Flickr.

Take your pick- around this office you can currently choose: Influenza, Norovirus or sinus infection for the illness du jour. I hope your choices in this instance are fewer where ever you find yourself today.

All this reminded me of a question a patient asked in passing even before the cold season got into full swing: how can you tell the difference between a cold, the flu or an allergy? The following is a quick layout of the three for comparison.