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Cold, Flu or Sinus Infection Symptoms?

By National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


  • Slow onset
  • No prostration
  • Fever, Headache is rare
  • Runny nose, Sneezing
  • Mild fatigue
  • Cough, chest discomfort
  • Sore throat
  • Flu

  • Swift, severe onset
  • Prominent prostration
  • Flushed, hot moist skin
  • 102-104 degree temp
  • Chills, body aches. Extreme fatigue,
  • can last 2-3 weeks
  • Cough, sore throat
  • Sinus Infection

  • Facial pains
  • Tenderness of the sinus areas
  • Headaches
  • Nasal drainage that is thick and colored
  • Cough (may be itchy)
  • Postnasal drip
  • Bad breath
  • Upper jaw pain
  • Sore throat
  • Eyes are sensitive to light
  • General fatigue
  • Eye lids swell
  • Reactions to Cold and Flu


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    Sinus Infections Symptoms

    Key Facts about the Flu

    Time is The Only Sure "C u r e"

    Cold Flu, Allergic rhinitus or Sinusitis Comparison Chart

    Differentiating between a cold & flu

    Is it a cold or the flu?

    Flu verses Cold

    How can I tell if I have the flu or just a cold?

    Cold & Flu Guidlines

    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

    Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology


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    Updated: Jan 7 2013