Flu season is here.  You've got the sniffles and a sore throat.  Flu or a cold?  What's the difference between the flu and a cold?  Trying to figure out what you've got can be confusing because some of the symptoms overlap.  However, according to WebMD, there are differences between a cold and the flu.

It's important to determine which you have so you can treat it properly.

Flu season is here-What's the difference between the flu and a cold?

Typically, a cold takes a few days to develop.  Not so with the flu, which can hit in just a few hours.  The flu is more severe and is more likely to lead to other problems, like pneumonia.

Symptoms associated with a cold:

Mild fatigue and weakness


Stuffy nose and sneezing

Sore throat

Chest discomfort

Sometimes mild body aches

Symptoms associated with the flu:

Fever (often between 100 and 102 and lasting three or four days)


Muscle or body aches


Feeling weak and fatigued (this may last a couple of weeks)

Dry cough lasting for several weeks

Sometimes coughing, a sore throat and stuffy nose

Chest discomfort

Diarrhea and vomiting (especially common in kids)

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