Many different germs, called viruses, cause colds. Symptoms of the common cold include:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
The flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by the influenza virus.Many flu symptoms are similar to those of a common cold. Flu symptoms can also include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea.You may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your cold or flu.