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Default Is it a cold or the flu?

Is it a cold or the flu?

Here are the sign and symptoms to help you distinguish flu symptoms from other respiratory illnesses like the common cold:

Fever
Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is present with the flu. A temperature of 102?F or higher for 4 or more days is associated with the flu.

Coughing
A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive cough is usually present with the flu referred to as dry cough).

Aches
Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not present with the flu.

Chills
Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the flu experience hard chills.

Tiredness
Tiredness is mild with a cold.
Tiredness is severe with the flu.

Sneezing
Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a couple of days.
The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

Headache
A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is severe with the flu and often results in pneumonia.
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