Is it flu, allergies or cold? You’re fine one minute and the next you’re tired, achy and feeling like you just want to curl up and sleep off whatever is affecting your body.
Are you fighting an oncoming cold? Allergies? Or could it be the flu? Use our symptom guide developed by federal health experts to start you on your way to a healthy rest and recovery.
|Fever||Never||Not typical; if so, lower than 100°F||Yes, higher (100°F+), especially in young children; up to 3-4 days|
|Aches, pains||Never||Slight||Yes; often severe|
|Fatigue, weakness||Sometimes||Sometimes||Yes, up to 3 weeks|
|Extreme exhaustion||Never||Never||Yes, especially at onset|
|Stuffy, runny nose||Yes||Yes||Sometimes|
|Cough||Sometimes||Yes||Yes, can become severe|
|Chest discomfort||No, unless you have allergic asthma||Sometimes||Yes|
|Treatment||Avoid things you’re allergic to; use antihistamines, nasal steroids, decongestants||Lots of rest and fluids for hydration, use decongestants and pain relievers for aches; aspirin in people ages 18+ only||Lots of rest and fluids for hydration, use decongestants and pain relievers for fever and aches; aspirin in people ages 18+ only; ask about antiviral medicines at onset|
|Prevention||Avoid allergens: pollen, dust, mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches||Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with other people||Get the flu vaccine each year; wash your hands often, and avoid anyone who has the flu|
|Potential complications||Sinus infection, middle ear infection, asthma||Sinus infection middle ear infection, asthma||Bronchitis or pneumonia, which can be life-threatening|
Source: National Institute of Health