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Do you always have a fever with flu? Been very sick with sore throat nasal congestion extreme body aches cough and fatigue but never a fever.

Do you always have a fever with flu? Been very sick with sore throat nasal congestion extreme body aches cough and fatigue but never a fever.

Not always: Some people may never have a fever which tends to get higher when the body is mounting maximal attack against the flu virus. Do realize that there may be other explanation for your symptoms especially if they have been present for more than a week. You may need to see your doctor and get some blood work. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Do you always run a fever with the flu?

Do you always run a fever with the flu?

Yes: First you need to be careful what you are calling the "flu". Many refer to stomach virus causing gastroenteritis as the flu and you may not run much fever with that but the true "flu" is really influenza which is a respiratory disease and almost always causes fever except in the extremely debilitated who may not be able mount much fever in response to a virus. ...Read more

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What do I take for a fever from the flu?

What do I take for a fever from the flu?

Antipyretic: A medication such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can lower temperature. If fever persists more than a few days or you have a recurrence of fever or you are getting short of breath or worse instead of better, see your doc. Hope you are better soon! did you get a flu shot? ...Read more

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Why do we get really high fevers when we have the flu?

Natural reaction: Influenza, a viral infection usually presents with temperatures less than bacterial infections; having said that, fever secondary to viral or bacterial infections is the way the body tries to kill off the pathogen, in effect to kill off ("cooking") the virus or bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more