If you have a cold you will probably feel tired, have a runny nose and sore throat, and sneeze a lot.
If you have the flu you will probably have a fever, body aches, a headache, a cough, and a sore throat.
There is no medicine that will make the cold or flu go away when you are sick.
Home remedies and over-the-counter medicines can make you feel better while you are sick.
Make time for extra rest and sleep.
Drink lots of liquids—for example, juice, tea, or soup.
To relieve coughing:
To relieve a sore throat, if you are over age 6 and not at risk of choking:
To relieve aches and fevers:
To relieve runny or stuffy noses:
Before taking any new over-the-counter medications talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure they are safe for you.
If the doctor or nurse says that a medication is safe,
Last updated on June 21st, 2010