Flu Symptoms and Treatments
All types of flu have similar symptoms. Although the flu and common cold have similar symptoms, the flu tends to be more severe. Unlike symptoms of a common cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. It often starts with the abrupt onset of fever, headache, fatigue, and body aches. Here’s a list of flu symptoms you might feel:
- Fever (usually high) – A fever occurs when your body temperature increases in response to illness or injury. Your temperature is considered elevated when it is 100°F or greater.
- Severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes – Body aches that are sudden and unexplained can be a sign of the flu.
- Generalized weakness – Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy. When associated with one or more of the other symptoms, this can be a sign of the flu.
- Ill appearance with warm, flushed skin and red watery eyes
- Headache – A headache associated with the flu may appear suddenly and be accompanied by body aches or nasal congestion.
- Dry cough – Chest discomfort and coughing is often severe with the flu.
- Sore throat and watery discharge from your nose – Swelling in the throat can make it sore and runny or stuffy nose may occur, but is more common in children than adults.
Seasonal influenza is not usually associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea and vomiting, at least not in adults. However, these symptoms appear with stomach flu, which is a popular but inaccurate term for gastroenteritis.
Common Flu Symptoms in Children
Typical signs of seasonal flu in children include high-grade fever up to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C), chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, dry cough, and just plain feeling sick. Flu symptoms in children may also cause vomiting and belly pain. These flu symptoms usually last for three to four days, but cough and tiredness may linger for up to two weeks after the fever has gone away. Other family members or close contacts often have a similar illness.
Flu Symptoms in Infants and Toddlers
In young children, seasonal flu symptoms may be similar to those of other respiratory tract infections such as croup, bronchitis, or pneumonia. Abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea are frequently observed in young children. Vomiting tends to be more significant than diarrhea. Fever is usually high and irritability may be prominent.
Because young children are at increased risk of getting severe flu complications, the CDC recommends that all children aged 6 months get a seasonal flu vaccine every year.
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