Symptoms build over 48 hours
Runny nose + watery eyes
Stuffy nose + congestion
Sneezing + coughing
Symptoms may last 3-10 days
Fast onset symptoms (especially fever and chills)
Fever + chills
Body aches + pains
Weakness + fatigue
Symptoms may last 7-14 days and may linger up to 3 weeks
WHAT’S THE SAME
Both colds and flu are considered upper respiratory infections of the nose, sinuses, and throat.
Symptoms can be similar, so keep an eye on what's bothering you most.
How to treat the flu or a common cold
Both colds and the flu require lots of rest, fluids and time to run their course, but there are some extra things you can do at home to help relieve symptoms, including the following. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Bye, bye dry
Use a humidifier to keep the air moist and ease throat and nose discomfort.
A soothing sip
Warm liquids like tea and chicken soup can help a sore, scratchy throat.
Keep it clean
Wash your hands to avoid spreading infection.