If you are running a temperature above 100 degrees, chances are you have the flu.
Can't stop using those tissues? A stuffy, runny nose is indicative of a cold.
Sneezing? It's a cold. Coughing? Depends - it could be a cold or the flu. A dry, unproductive cough means you have the flu, but a hacking, productive cough means you have a cold. Still not sure? if your symptoms are accompanied by a sore throat, you most likely have a cold.
Both the cold and the flu often present with a headache, so it depends on what your other symptoms are.
Snoozing at your desk? Can't wake up in the morning? Extreme fatigue is a sign it's the flu. Another way to tell it's the flu is if your symptoms come on suddenly.
Chills can mean you have a fever, which means it's the flu.
Sore all over? If your body aches are accompanied by a headache and chills, it's a cold. But if your body aches are accompanied by fatigue, it could be the flu.
If you are still unsure as to whether you have the flu or a cold, see your doctor. But, you'll also want to get a flu shot. More than 36,000 Americans die from the flu each year. And while a week off from work sounds enticing - do you really want to be that sick?
You know one thing: you feel awful. But, how to tell if it's a cold or the flu? Often the symptoms are very similar and tough to tell apart.