It’s sniffles season again. But how can you tell whether you have a cold, the flu, or another infection? This symptom guide might point you in the right direction.
What is it?
What are the symptoms?
Sneezing, runny nose
Slight muscle aches
Sudden and high fever (above 101° F)
Stuffy, runny nose
Pain when swallowing
Sore throat that may start quickly
Red and swollen tonsils
Red spots on the roof of the mouth
Coughing with or without mucus
Soreness in chest
Mild body aches
Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick
Get your annual influenza vaccine and wash your hands often
Practice good hand hygiene
Wash your hands often, don’t smoke, and stay up-to-date on recommended vaccines
Best course of action
Rest and over-the-counter medicines
Rest, fluids, and antiviral medicines, if needed
Antibiotics after positive strep test
Rest, fluids, and a clean humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer
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