Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Is it a cold or the flu? Our handy charts will quickly help you figure out what type of virus has you in its grip and help you decide how to treat the symptoms. (However, if your symptoms are severe, you may need to visit your doctor.)

Cold and Flu Prevention
hand washing vaccination
regular exercise antiviral drugs
  hand washing

Learn how to protect your family from viruses and other germs and how to safely disinfect your home.

Cold and Flu Symptoms
caused by a virus caused by a virus
sore throat chills
runny nose fever
cough sore throat
sneezing runny nose
hoarseness muscle aches

Discover the truth behind the biggest cold and flu myths and "healthy" habits that might actually be making you more prone to sickness.

Cold and Flu Treatment
rest rest
fluids fluids
antibiotics won't help OTC pain relievers
OTC decongestant antibiotics won't help
OTC antihistamine  

Learn about alternative cold remedies that really work and get tips to boost your immune system.
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Member Comments

More and more people getting flu shot Report
I think currently, during covid19 lock-down, EVERYONE knows the symptoms, if they didn't before. This will need a 3rd circle update for covid, eventually. Report
Good article. Report
Great info coming into flu season! Report
Good info Report
Thanks for posting! Report
Since I started a healthier lifestyle, I seem to be doing a good job of avoiding colds and I get a flu shot every year too. Report
Great article. I haven't had a cold or flu in several years. Thanks for posting! Report
Great graphics that make colds and flues clear. Report
Great article. Good for my granddaughter. Report
13 NOT 23 Report
I remember when I was 23 and first took karatedo I never had a single cold or flu as I seemed to sweat them out. Too bad I still do not have that ability. Report
er, since I upped my Vitamin D, I haven't had a cold or flu in many years. Report
Great article. I had no flu or colds all winter and think it is because I became a SPARKER last October and changed my diet and exercise. At any rate, it was the first winter I never had either one. I love being a SPARKER! Report
This is helpful to know.I have 3 kids this will help.Thankyou Report


About The Author

Megan Patrick
Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.