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can i get strep and the flu at the same time? i have all the symptoms of strep but i think i have the flu 2

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, you can totally have both strep and the flu at the same time. How miserable! the most common symptoms of flu according to the center for disease control are: -fever (usually high) -headache -nausea, vomiting or diarrhea -fatigue -sore throat -runny nose or congestion -cough -body aches unfortunately, it is difficult to diagnose "just flu" based on symptoms alone since many other illnesses can cause similar symptoms such as strep. It's important to have your doctor check you for strep throat since it can be treated with antibiotics and without treatment, it can rarely lead to complications such as rheumatic fever. The flu is treated with lots of fluids and rest. Good luck!
Dr. Joel Teig
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: The flu is a viral infection and the strep you speak of would be a bacterial infection. One or the other could start the situation and your resistance could decrease and make you susceptible to other infections. It is important to be evaluated by your physician to prevent an infection from becoming too much a strain on you.

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