You don’t have to be Nancy Drew to figure out that you are getting sick. But how can you tell if it is just a cold, or something more serious is brewing, like the flu? Some symptoms of the cold and the flu are similar, but there are a few distinct symptoms that will clue you in that it is more than just a cold.
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
Sudden, excessive fatigue is usually one of the first signs that you have the flu. As in, you cannot drag yourself out of bed even if the house is on fire. While you might feel tired and rundown with a cold, the fatigue that comes with the flu is debilitating to the point that you cannot participate in your normal activities, like work or school. The best remedy is the rest your body needs to strengthen your immune system to fight off the virus.
Burn, Baby, Burn
The flu virus is more likely to cause a fever, and one with a much higher temperature. Fevers caused by the flu are usually higher than 100˚F, and can often reach 104˚F! However, keep in mind that you can have the flu without ever having a fever. If you do have a high temperature, acetaminophen and ibuprofen will help reduce it, but will not cure the virus. A flu-induced fever usually goes away within 2-3 days.
Put that Snuggie to Good Use
Body aches and chills are also associated more with the flu than a cold. The aches can be anywhere in the body, but particularly prevalent in the head, back, and legs. The flu might cause muscle aches and chills before any fever develops. Keeping warm with extra layers and blankets (or the Snuggie your Grandma gave you for the holidays) can increase your body temperature and ease your achiness.
Coughing Your Brains Out
A persistent, dry cough that does not produce any mucus is another warning sign of the flu. Unfortunately, this symptom may last the duration of the flu and sometimes beyond. The cough may also be associated with wheezing and tightness in your chest, and turn into bronchitis or pneumonia. Drinking fluids will help to calm the cough.
The cough that comes with the flu may lead to a sore throat, although sometimes they appear together. In the beginning stages of the flu, your throat may be scratchy and irritated and get worse as the virus progresses. It also might be difficult to swallow due the inflammation there. Drinking warm beverages can help to soothe your throat, and gargling with warm salt water will reduce the inflammation.
Probably Should Not Have Eaten That for Lunch…..
Some people develop stomach issues such as nausea, pain, diarrhea and vomiting at the onset of the flu. The type of stomach issues that accompany the flu depends on the strain. These symptoms are seen more in young children that in adults, but can strike anyone.
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