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7 Clear Signs You Have the Flu

October 19, 2019


7 Clear Signs You Have the Flu. Flu symptoms can vary from person to person
but most people with influenza will experience some, if not all, of the symptoms listed here. If you are concerned and think you might have
the flu, contact your health care provider to determine the best course of action for
you. You may also want to take our quick Cold vs.
Flu quiz to see which one is more likely, but keep in mind it should not be used to
diagnose yourself or replace the advice of your health care provider. 1.Fever and Chills. Fever is almost always present with the flu,
and it usually comes on suddenly. When you have a high fever, you’re also likely
to experience chills. The higher your body temperature, the colder
the air will feel. This is why you feel cold when you have a
fever and why you want to cover up with blankets to get warm. Unfortunately, if you bundle up when you have
a fever, you can actually increase your body temperature, which won’t help you feel any
better. 2.Exhaustion. One of the most significant symptoms that
people describe when they get the flu is pure exhaustion. This is generally an overall feeling of being
completely worn out. You probably will be unable to perform daily
activities. It’s so severe that it is hard to get out
of bed. This exhaustion is much more pronounced than
the tiredness you may feel from a cold. 3.Aches and Pains. One of the most common descriptions people
give when they have the flu is “achy.” Your muscles are usually very sore and moving
around too much causes discomfort. Body aches and pains are more common with
the flu than with many other illnesses. 4.Coughing. Coughing may be productive (producing mucous)
or non-productive. With the flu people most often suffer from
a dry cough. If you develop a productive cough and fever,
you should contact your doctor. This is especially true if you have had a
dry cough, start to feel better, then have a wet or productive cough with a fever. This is often how a secondary infection, like
pneumonia, develops. 5.Congestion. Severe congestion is more common when you
have a cold but many people will experience some congestion with the flu as well. It is typically mild. 6.Headache. Headaches are common with the flu and can
be quite severe. Like the rest of your body, the head will
ache when you have the flu. Throbbing head pain can make you miserable
when you already feel bad with the flu. Taking an OTC pain reliever like acetaminophen
or ibuprofen may help. 7.Vomiting and Diarrhea. Vomiting and diarrhea are not common flu symptoms
for most people. However, some people do experience these symptoms
with the actual flu. Children are more likely to have vomiting
and diarrhea with influenza, but they may occur occasionally in adults as well. About 10% of children have these symptoms
with the flu. If your vomiting and diarrhea are your primary
and most significant symptoms, you probably have a stomach bug (sometimes referred to
as the stomach flu), not influenza.

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