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Does the flu always start out with a sore throat?

Does the flu always start out with a sore throat?

Yes, usually: Most cases of influenza start with upper respiratory infection symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and progress to more severe and productive cough as it effects the lower respiratory tract. Influenza can predispose the person to bacterial pneumonia as well, and in some patients, produce life-threatening lung disease. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I have sore shoulders and a sore throat - is this the flu?

I have sore shoulders and a sore throat - is this the flu?

Flu symptoms: Yes this could be part of the flu syndrome but one has to keep an open mind depending on how the sore throat behaves.. ...Read more

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Typically the flu doesn't start off as a sore throat right?

Typically the flu doesn't start off as a sore throat right?

Sure it can: Occasionally, a patient shows up with sore throat, a mild runny nose, and tests positive for flu a or flu b. Sore throat isn't always just a strep throat or a cold. Many many illnesses have similar symptoms. . . Which is why a person should find a thorough doctor to listen to. Trying to self-diagnose by looking at the symptoms can make a person completely frustrated. Find one good doctor to trust! ...Read more

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Last time I had flu, I had mild sore throat before fever & other symptoms appeared. I have a mild sore throat now, could it be the flu?

Last time I had flu, I had mild sore throat before fever & other symptoms appeared. I have a mild sore throat now, could it be the flu?

Possible: it is possible but it could be many other things even besides an infection, like allergies and post nasal drip or heartburn. I wouldn't race to a doctor, see how things go, if fever follows or worsen see a doctor. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake up with a sore throat as if I have the flu, but during the course of the day I'm fine. is there any reason for this?

Every morning I wake up with a sore throat as if I have the flu, but during the course of the day I'm fine. is there any reason for this?

PND: You might be suffering from a chronic post-nasal drup. This can be due to allergies or infection. A sore throat with or without a productive cough early in the morning is not uncommon in this condition. Ask your GP to have a look. Treatment differs based on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Had the flu. Just as i was feeling better i got a sore throat. It started out very painful. Now its bearable but uncomfortable. Its been 3 wks.

Had the flu. Just as i was feeling better i got a sore throat. It started out very painful. Now its bearable but uncomfortable. Its been 3 wks.

Lengthy recovery: Influenza, if that is what you actually had, can be a devastating illness, with full recovery taking weeks after onset of symptoms. Time should heal this. If it continues much longer, however, see a doctor and get this looked at. Secondary complications do occur, but would wait a little while longer. ...Read more

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My niece has fever, aches everywhere, sore throat and coughing! she says it feels like the flu but we didn't think it was the time of year for the flu! what do u think this could be?

My niece has fever, aches everywhere, sore throat and coughing! she says it feels like the flu but we didn't think it was the time of year for the flu! what do u think this could be?

Flu like illness...: Or, it could be the flu. The signs of flu are just what you list: sudden onset of fever, body aches, and severe cough, plus or minus other symptoms like sore throat, vomiting, headache, etc.. There are, however, other things it could be, so if it goes on longer than a couple of days, it's best to have her looked at by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have the flu without a sore throat or a cough and would the results to a flu test show after two days?

Can you have the flu without a sore throat or a cough and would the results to a flu test show after two days?

Les likely w/o cough: A significant non-productive cough is one of the main features of a true influenza viral infection (the flu), along with abrupt onset of muscle aches, fever, fatigue. Sore throat is not a necessary symptom of the flu, but lack of a cough makes it less likely. Commercial tests for influenza virus, should be able to detect infection in two days, but they care not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Is it alright if i run for 30 min even if I am still recovering from the flu? I do have energy i only have a moderate sore throat on the left side

Is it alright if i run for 30 min even if I am still recovering from the flu? I do have energy  i only have a moderate sore throat on the left side

Influenza: This viral illness, if that is really what you had, usually significantly damages the tissues lining the upper respiratory tract and could place you at risk of secondary bacterial pneumonia. On the other hand, if you are tolerating the degree of exercise would start slowly and gradually increase the level of activity over time. Be careful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the flu even if u don't have the usual symptoms like sneezing coughing & sore throat?

Is it possible to have the flu even if u don't have the usual symptoms like sneezing coughing & sore throat?

Maybe...: Flu symptoms include upper respiratory symptoms, fever, body aches, headache but you could have the flu and not have all these symptoms. If none of these are present, it is unlikely to be flu. ...Read more

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Do I maybe like have the Flu with me having a sore throat, coughing, gagging a lot, sneezing a lot N that too huh? Just wondering!

Do I maybe like have the Flu with me having a sore throat, coughing, gagging a lot, sneezing a lot N that too huh? Just wondering!

Maybe. Maybe not.: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I had a cold last week, fully recovered and now I have the flu. Is this normal? What do you recommend? I have body aches & sore throat.

I had a cold last week, fully recovered and now I have the flu. Is this normal? What do you recommend? I have body aches & sore throat.

Secondary infection: The common cold is a viral illness affecting the upper respiratory tract. It is possible to develop a secondary infection with a bacteria since your immune system is weakened from the cold and usually occurs shortly after the cold improves. Unlike a viral illness, bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. You need to see your doctor right away to be evaluated. A viral flu is less likely. ...Read more

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Temp 102 , sore throat, aches, chills and fatigue. Started yesterday with sore throat and cough. I feel like it's the flu but test was neg. what is it?

Temp 102 , sore throat, aches, chills and fatigue. Started yesterday with sore throat and cough. I feel like it's the flu but test was neg. what is it?

A false neg test!: Sometimes, the test kit is inaccurate, despite a "duck looking, squawking and smelling like a duck". Testing for the flu using "rapid" methods, can be notoriously inaccurate- 40% or more samples from pts that actually have flu, can have "negative" test results. Otherwise, depending on your situation, other viral infections such as HIV, are possible. ...Read more

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I have a headache for 3 days, sore throat, blood in my mucus, i had the chills 2 days ago but there gone do I have the flu?

I have a headache for 3 days, sore throat, blood in my mucus, i had the chills 2 days ago but there gone do I have the flu?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Got the flu and developed an irritated, sore throat. Painful to swallow, and a constant achy cough. Any remedies to ease it? Thanks

Rest! Hydrate!: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I had the flu back around Valentine's day. All the flu symptons have since left except for the sore throat. I don't have tonsils either. Any ideas?

DRY AIR: Particularly with heating systems in Winter may be the "culprit" Have cheer SPRING is on the way..however before she "arrives" you may try a cold steam vaporizer in your bedroom at light!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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My daughter had the flu and it seems to be over but still has a low grade fever of 99.5, and a mild sore throat. why would 99.5 still be lingering?

My daughter had the flu and it seems to be over but still has a low grade fever of 99.5, and a mild sore throat.  why would 99.5 still be lingering?

Not a fever: I know we are all taught growing up that a normal temperature is 98.6, but that's an average. In the world of pediatrics anything less than 100.4 is considered within normal range. While you may be used to your child having a temperature lower than her current 99.5 it's still considered okay. ...Read more

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I think i ovulated Fri 28, sore throat sun & mon now I have the flu/cold, 100.72 temp is it safe to drink something i don't know if I conceived help!

Safe: Most over the counter cold and flu medications are safe for use in pregnancy. Also you do not know if you are pregnant so it is not an issue. Hopefully you go your annual flu shot already if not please get one ...Read more

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I have had the flu my daughter tested positive for influnza a now my neck is stiff and I am having neck pains with the flu i was vomiting coughing and had a sore throat

I have had the flu my daughter tested positive for influnza a now my neck is stiff and I am having neck pains with the flu i was vomiting coughing and had a sore throat

Influenza : Influenza is really peaking all across this country right now, and I am sorry that you are both having to go through this. Neck pain can be caused by muscular pain and sore throat. Advil or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or even warm packs, will usually help. Of course with neck pain there is always the concern of meningitis. Patients with meningitis may also have headache, vomiting, fever, and rash, and if those symptoms existed then the patient should contact their physician. ...Read more

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My partner has the flu, coughing, sore throat, very high fever, chills and has now vomited twice today? What should we do?

My partner has the flu, coughing, sore throat, very high fever, chills and has now vomited twice today? What should we do?

Need evaluation: The symptoms are consistent with flu. The high fever, vomiting can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance hence require urgent evaluation. ...Read more

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Was wondering if u can have the flu without nauseau ? Or maybe a cold with nauseau and if anything yiu can take for it? Sore throat, cough and nose

Was wondering if u can have the flu without nauseau ? Or maybe a cold with nauseau and if anything yiu can take for it? Sore throat, cough and nose

Nausea is not...: ...A symptom of influenza. It can be a symptom of any number of dozens of other viral infections, which are often blamed for being "the flu". Influenza is a potentially deadly respiratory virus (killed more people in the 20th century than every war combined), that is highly preventable with handwashing and vaccination. It does not cause nausea. ...Read more

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Cold symptoms since 2/11/14. Still congested, sore throat, chills and aches. Can the flu or cold last this long? Any idea what this can be? Thanks!

Complicated: Flu can linger for couple of weeks, hopefully you haven't got re infected with another virus or had bacterial secondary infection. May be time for exam, probable antibiotic. ...Read more

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My son has has the flu for 6 days should I take tamiflu (oseltamivir) or is it too late for me ?? I started symptoms 2 days ago cough and sore throat no fever yet .

My son has has the flu for 6 days should I take tamiflu (oseltamivir) or is it too late for me ?? I started symptoms 2 days ago cough and sore throat no fever yet .

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is used to treat influenza A and/or B in people who have had flu symptoms for 2 days or less. It can also be used as prophylaxis (prevention) for people who have a close contact who is positive for the flu but have not yet developed symptoms. ...Read more

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