A member asked:

When i swallow, my throat and ears are sore. i have some phlem, a cough, and occassional headaches. is this the flu?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Unlikely: Sounds most like a cold or sinus infection. The flu, specifically influenza, has high fever, headache and body aches, and a severe cough. It is more like a pneumonia. There is a quick test for influenza that can be done by your physician. Influenza most commonly occurs between november and march.

Answered 10/24/2017


Dr. Brian Dorfman answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Possibly: This may be the flu. It can also be any number of viral illnesses. If it continues seek the advice of you physician.

Answered 7/5/2015



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