Cold and Flu Symptoms

Cold and Flu Symptoms: Which Do I Have?

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Characteristic, high (102 to 104ºF); lasts three to four days
Headache Rare Prominent
General aches, pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, weakness Quite mild Can last up to two to three weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Stuffy nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Common Sometimes
Sore throat Common Sometimes
Chest discomfort, cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can become severe
 

Treatment of Cold and Flu Symptoms

  Cold Flu
Treatment
-Antihistamines
-Decongestants
-Aspirin, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol®), or ibuprofen for aches and pains
-Aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for aches, pains, and fever
-Antiviral medicines (see your healthcare provider)
 
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