How can I feel better fast? When the familiar symptoms -- sore throat, congestion, runny nose -- start to kick in, recovery is the first thing on your mind.
The first step is figuring out what you have. Cold and flu -- along with bronchitis, pneumonia and the stomach flu -- have similar symptoms, and sometimes similar treatments, but figuring out which you have can help you decide how to proceed.
(Also, if you'd like to know if you have the cold or flu, here's a quick way to check.)