What is the difference between a cold and a flu?


  • Symptoms that build over 48 hours
  • Runny nose, watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose and congestion
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Symptoms may last 3-10 days


  • Fast onset of symptoms (especially fever and chills)
  • Fever and chills
  • Body aches and pains
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Symptoms may last 7-14 days and may linger for up to 3 weeks

What’s the same?

Both colds and the flu come from respiratory tract infections in your nose, sinuses and throat. Symptoms can appear similar, so keep an eye on what’s bothering you most.

Soothe your symptoms

Both colds and the flu need lots of rest, fluids and time to run their course but there are some extra things you can do.

  • 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 vegetable soup can help a sore, scratchy throat.
  • Keep it clean
    Wash your hands to avoid spreading infection.
  • Take care of yourself
    Try a fast and effective pain reliever such as TYLENOL® to help ease symptom pain



The information on this page is intended solely as a general education aid and is not intended as medical or healthcare advice, to be used for medical diagnosise or treatment for any individual problem or as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for all health-related matters and before starting any new treatment.