The Difference Between Cold And Flu


Cold Symptoms Vs Flu Symptoms

You wake up with a high fever, cough, and a sore throat – Is it the flu (influenza) or just the common cold?


Cold Symptoms Vs Flu Symptoms


Let’s Compare

Question Influenza Cold
Was the onset sudden slow
Do you have a high fever None or mild fever
Your level of exhaustion is severe mild
Do you Have a headache No headache
Is your appetite decreased normal
Are your muscles Aching Not aching
  • If the majority of your answers were in the influenza column then you probably have the flu
  • If the majority of your answers were in the cold column then you probably have a cold

The symptoms for cold and flu can be remarkably similar and can vary from person to person, if you are not sure whether you have a cold or flu go and see your doctor, they will run some tests and prescribe a treatment plan accordingly.



Bacterial diseases like strep throat or pneumonia can have similar symptoms to a cold or flu. If you seem to be getting worse, have a high fever, headache, sore throat or trouble breathing it is important to get professional medical advice immediately.



The flu in infants and young children can be serious and some people who suffer chronic medical conditions may become very ill and need to be hospitalized. These people may benefit from antiviral medications, but it must be given within 24 hours of the onset of illness.

Generally the treatment for colds and flu simply consists of plenty of rest and plenty of fluids – you may take medication to relieve symptoms such as aching muscles, headache and/or fever.

For fever, especially in children, the most recommended non prescription medications are Acetaminophen and ibuprofen; both of these medications used as directed are safe and effective. They work by blocking the chemicals which tell the hypothalamus that it should increase body temperature.