Cold and Flu OverviewThe common cold, including chest cold and head cold, and seasonal flu are caused by viruses.
Use over-the-counter cold medications to relieve symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and cough.
Flu symptoms are similar, but include fever, headache and muscle soreness.
What causes colds and flu?
It’s an illness caused by a tiny, infectious thing called a virus. Other viruses that can cause colds include coronavirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and parainfluenza. Colds cause a lot of people to stay home.
Is Influenza A the common cold?
Influenza (flu) and the common cold are both types of upper respiratory infections (URIs). Both are caused by viruses. But the flu is not the same as the common cold.
What is the cause of Cold Fever?
A fever is usually the result of an illness caused by a virus or a bacterial infection, such as when you have a cold or flu, which are both caused by viruses.
Is Day 3 of a cold the worst?
Helen (Eleni) Xenos, a One Medical doctor in Chicago, describes the typical progression of the common cold: Day 1: Fatigue, headache, sore or scratchy throat. Day 2: Sore throat worsens, low fever, mild nasal congestion. Day 3: Congestion worsens, sinus and ear pressure become very uncomfortable.