Symptoms Airborne Allergy Cold Flu
Fever Never Rare Usual, high (100-102°F), sometimes higher-especially in young children); lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Rare Common
General Aches, Pains Never Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Sometimes Usual, can last up to 3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Never Usual, at the beginning of the illness
Stuffy, Runny Nose Common Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Sometimes Common Sometimes
Cough Sometimes Common, hacking Common, can become severe
Chest Discomfort Rare Mild to moderate Common
Treatment -Antihistamines

-Nasal steroids (prescription only)




-Aspirin, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen for aches and pains

-Aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches, pains and fever

-Antiviral medicines (see your doctor)

Prevention Avoid those things that you are allergic to, such as pollen, house dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches -Wash your hands often

-Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold

-Wash your hands often

-Avoid close contact with anyone with the flu

-Annual vaccination

-Antiviral medicines (see your doctor)


Sinus infection, asthma Sinus congestion, middle ear infection, asthma

Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening