Cold, Flu, Allergy, or Sinusitis
Symptom Cold Flu Inhalant Allergy Acute Sinusitis
Fever Rare, usually under
101.5
Characteristic, high (102–
104°F); lasts 3–4 days
None Comon
Clear, runny
nose
Prominent at outset Can be present Upon exposure to
allergen
Occasional
Headache Rare Prominent, at outset Rare Common
General
aches, pains
Slight Usual; often severe None None
Fatigue,
weakness
Mild Can last up to 2–3 weeks Sometimes If associated if Virus
Fatigue,
weakness
Never Early and prominent Rare If associated if Virus
Stuffy nose Very Common Sometimes Common Common
Sneezing Usual Sometimes Very Common If associated if Virus
Sore throat Common Sometimes Occasional Sometimes
Chest
discomfort,
cough
Mild to moderate Common; can become
severe
Some Asthma +
Cough
If associated if Virus
Complications Sinusitis or earache Bronchitis, pneumonia; can
be life-threatening
Sinusitis; Cough Orbital Abcess;
Meningitis
Prevention None ; Good
Hygenie
Annual vaccination; antiviral
medicines
Avoidance;
Cromolyn; Immunotx
None; Good Hygeine