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Cold and flu bugs rarely work alone

Sometimes, the sneezing, sore throat, or stuffy nose that's making you uncomfortable may not be a cold or the flu.

When symptoms persist or become more severe, you could have an infection in your ears, sinuses, or chest, or you may be dealing with another problem.

Reviewed by: Kathy Manzoku-Kanja, MD, 2018