Is it a Cold or the Flu?

What's the same

Both colds and the flu come from respiratory tract infections in your nose, sinuses and throat.

Cold

  • Symptoms that build over 48 hours
  • Runny nose, watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose and congestion
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Symptoms may last 3-10 days

Flu

  • Fast onset of symptoms (especially fever and chills)
  • Fever and chills
  • Body aches and pains
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Symptoms may last 7-14 days and may linger for up to 3 weeks
Symptoms can be similar, so keep an eye on what's bothering you most.

How to Soothe Yourself

Both colds and the flu need lots of rest, fluids and time to run their course but there are some extra things you can do.

Bye, bye dry

Bye, bye dry

Use a humidifier to keep the air moist and ease throat and nose discomfort.

A soothing sip

A soothing sip

Warm liquids like tea and chicken soup can help a sore, scratchy throat.

Keep it clean

Keep it clean

Wash your hands to avoid spreading infection.

Dose up

Take care of your symptoms

Take an over-the-counter medicine such as TYLENOL® Cold & Flu Severe or TYLENOL® Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime for temporary relief.