Is it Cold or Flu Symptoms?
How do you know if you have cold or flu symptoms? Take your temperature, say many experts.
Flu symptoms often mimic cold symptoms with nasal congestion, cough, aches, and malaise. But a common cold rarely has symptoms of fever above 101 degrees (38,3 C).
With flu symptoms, you will probably have a fever initially with the flu virus and you will feel miserable. Body and muscle aches are also more common with the flu.
This can help you determine if you have cold or flu symptoms.
Cold: Sometimes, usually mild
Flu: Usual; higher (100-102 F or 37,8-38,9 C; occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
GENERAL ACHES, PAINS
Flu: Usual; often severe
Flu: Usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks
Flu: Usual; at the beginning of the illness
Cold: Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Flu: Common; can become severe
Cold: Sinus congestion; middle ear infection
Flu: Sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
Usually, the time of year will give you some sense of what you’re dealing with. The standard flu season runs from fall to spring of the next year.