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Cold vs. Flu Symptoms

Cold vs. flu

Achoo! The moment you experience that first symptom can leave you wondering—is this the common cold, or the infamous flu?


Translating and treating your cold or flu symptoms shouldn’t add to your discomfort. While there are many similar symptoms between a cold and the flu, symptoms of the flu are quite unique.

Pinpointing your symptoms

Stuffy, sneezy, and sore? Simply a cold.
Common cold symptoms typically target the nose and throat. Fear not—drinking liquids and using a humidifier can help alleviate these symptoms within a few days, with the help of a bit of medicine. Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and nasal congestion may last up to 3-10 days.

Fever and fatigue? It’s the flu.
Unlike the more gradual progression of cold symptoms, you will experience a fast onset of symptoms—like fever and chills—in the early stages of the flu. Other symptoms of the flu include feelings of weakness or fatigue, all of which can last up to 1-3 weeks.

Overcoming your symptoms

Get some rest.
Some R&R does the body good—especially when you’re suffering from cold or flu symptoms.

Keep it clean.
Wash your hands and disinfect hard surfaces around your home to avoid spreading germs.

Fill up on fluids.
Warm, soothing liquids like hot tea and chicken soup can go a long way for a sore, scratchy throat.

If you’re in need of a medicine for flu symptoms, look to TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night for temporary relief from your symptoms. These convenient caplets help relieve painful cold and flu symptoms like coughing, congestion, and sore throat from day to night. Use only as directed.

Talk to your doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns about your symptoms or flu medicine, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and consult your doctor.

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