Having a “scratchy throat” (mild soreness and irritation) can sometimes be a confusing feeling. While it is a main symptom of both a cold and the flu, a scratchy throat may also come about from other reasons, most typically a change in seasonal weather. A feeling of a scratchy throat due to weather or other environmental factors usually dissipates throughout the day. However, a scratchy throat as a result of an onset of cold or flu may gradually get more sore and last for several days.
The time from when a person is exposed to a flu virus to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.2 Any of the early indications listed above could turn out to be a false alarm, but could also lead to more severe symptoms, so be ready. Whatever cold or flu symptoms you may have, Theraflu® products will bring you the fast, strong relief you’re looking for. And to keep tabs on cold and flu activity happening near you, check out our cold and flu tracker so you can be prepared for when incidences are especially high in your neighborhood.