Adult Cold Vs. Flu Symptoms

Wondering if you’re suffering from a cold or the flu? Learn the similarities—and the differences.

Colds and flu are alike in many ways, but certain things are more common in one than the other. With a cold or flu, severity and duration of symptoms may vary by individual and some symptoms might be more common in children than adults.

Determine if you have a cold or flu by checking your symptoms:^

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare

Common

Headache

Rare

Common

General aches, pain

Slight

Severe

Fatigue, weakness

Sometimes

Common

Exhaustion

Never

Common

Stuffy nose/ nasal congestion

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Common

Sometimes

Sore throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest discomfort

Sometimes

Common

Cough

Common

Common