Colds & Flu

Here is a list to help you figure out if you have a cold or the flu. Although the common cold and flu share similar symptoms, they are two different conditions.

The symptoms of a cold develop slowly, and can include:

  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose (often with green or yellow-colored discharge)
  • Fatigue and muscle aches
  • Fever up to 102 degrees
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

Flu symptoms usually appear very suddenly, and can include:

  • Chills and sweats
  • Cough
  • Fatigue and muscle aches, especially in your back, arms and legs
  • Fever over 102 degrees
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stuffy nose

Note: Cold symptoms are generally more mild than flu symptoms.

What causes colds and the flu?

Viruses cause the common cold and the flu. There are over 200 different viruses that can cause colds. However, there are not as many viruses that cause the flu.


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