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Does The Flu Start 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
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
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?
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?
Is it normal for a sore throat to get worse at night? I had the flu that started with a sore throat and it won't go away. It's worse at night.
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
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
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
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
Is it possible to have the flu even if u don't have the usual symptoms like sneezing coughing & sore throat?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
My partner has the flu, coughing, sore throat, very high fever, chills and has now vomited twice today? What should we do?
Under the back part of my jaw is a small tender lump. I have a really sore throat & it feels like the start of the flu. Is the lump my gland?
Fever 102.5 with sore throat no other symptoms strep test negative as was the flu rapid test. What could it be? Should I see my doctor again?
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
I've been teated for bladder infections back to back since beg. Nov.. Had the flu and a severe sore throat too. Could it be more than a bladder inf.?
Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more
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
I have a sore throat, I am very hoarse and I have yellow chunky mucus. Is this serious enough to go to the doc. I don't thk it's the flu.
Probably: If it lasts more than a day or so i would see the doc as you may have a bacterial infection. ...Read more
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