Can you tell the difference between symptoms of the flu and the common cold? Flu symptoms typically come on suddenly and include fever, aches, chills, and tiredness – but how do they differ from cold symptoms?
Cold & Flu Symptoms Chart
|Fever||Fever is rare with a cold.||Fever is usually present with the flu in up to|
80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100
degrees Fahrenheit or higher for 3-4 days is
associated with the flu.
|Coughing||A hacking, productive (mucous producing) cough.|
Is often present with a cold.
|A non-productive (non-mucous forming) cough|
is usually present with the flu (sometimes
referred to as a dry cough).
|Aches||Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.||Severe body 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 commonly present with the flu.|
|Chills||Chills are uncommon with a cold.||60% of people who have the flu experience|
|Tiredness||Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.||Tiredness is moderate to 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 few 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 the 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|
|Chest Discomfort||Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.||Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.|