• Flu Versus Cold--How to Spot the Difference

     

    Viruses cause colds and the flu.  Both are respiratory infections. The simplest way to tell the difference is by looking at your symptoms.

    If you have a cold, you’ll probably have symptoms like these:

    • runny or stuffy nose
    • sore throat
    • sneezing
    • cough
    • headache or body aches
    • mild tiredness


    Flu symptoms can include:

    • dry, hacking cough
    • moderate to high fever, although not everyone with the flu will run a fever
    • sore throat
    • shaking chills
    • severe muscle or body aches
    • headache
    • stuffy and runny nose
    • severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks
    • nausea and vomiting (most common in children)
    • colds come on gradually over a few days and are often milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days,