Colds and flu

Find out: is it a cold, sinusitis or flu?

Do this quick test to indicate whether you might have the common cold, the flu or a form of sinusitis. Please note that this is only a rough guide to point you into the right direction. Please speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you unsure about your condition.

Do you have a fever of above 38 C?


Did symptoms appear abruptly?


Do you feel tired and listless?


Do you have muscle aches and pains?


Do you have a headache - especially around the eyes?


Do you have a pressure feeling in your face which gets worse when you bend forward?


Do you have toothache?


Ask the Expert

Flu expert

Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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