Is it a Cold or the Flu?


Both colds and the flu come from respiratory tract infections in your nose, sinuses and throat.


  • Symptoms that build over 48 hours
  • Runny nose, watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose and congestion
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Symptoms may last 3-10 days


  • Fast onset of symptoms (especially fever and chills)
  • Fever and chills
  • Body aches and pains
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Symptoms may last hours or days up to a week and may linger for up to 3 weeks
Symptoms can be similar, so keep an eye on what's bothering you most


It might be hard to believe: but those aggravating and uncomfortable symptoms you’re experiencing from a cold or the flu are part of your body’s natural healing process. With each day that passes, your immune system is working hard to fight off the virus, so you can get better.

Both colds and the flu require lots of rest, fluids and time. It’s best to let the virus run its course. In the meantime, there are some extra things you can do to feel better and experience that relief you’ve been craving. Here’s how:

Bye, bye dry

Bye, bye dry

Use a humidifier to keep the air moist and ease throat and nose discomfort.

A soothing sip

A soothing sip

Warm liquids like tea and chicken soup can help a sore, scratchy throat.

Keep it clean

Keep it clean

Wash your hands to avoid spreading infection.

Dose up

Take care of your symptoms

Take an over-the-counter medicine such as TYLENOL® Cold & Sinus for Cold-related symptoms, or TYLENOL® Complete for Flu-related symptoms.

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TYLENOL® Complete Cold, Cough & Flu

Powerful, effective pain medication for your cold and flu symptoms.


Learn more about safe acetaminophen usage.