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How would I know if I have the flu?

How would I know if I have the flu?

Flu Symptoms: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. The diagnosis of flu can be medically confirmed. ...Read more

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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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How to know if I have the flu or something else?

How to know if I have the flu or something else?

Flu vs Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints & significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the flu?

YOU WILL BE SICK: You will be sick with following symptoms
1fever 100 to104degree f
2bodyaches/headache/muscle pain
3cough and nasal congestion
4 nausea/vomiting
5fatigue
if you any of these symptoms you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have the flu?

How can I know if I have the flu?

Influenza: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. Your doctor can test you to see if have influenza. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the flu?

How do I know if I have the flu?

Fever, cough, bodyache: You are sick with following symptoms
fever
headache&bodyache
cough and congestion
nausea&vomiting
loss of appetite
abdominal pain
if you think you have flu see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or bronchitis?

How to know if I have the flu or bronchitis?

Flu vs Bronchitis.: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” According to Mayo Clinic Bronchitis can present with “Cough, Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color — rarely, it may be streaked with blood, > ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the flu or something else?

Your dr can help to: Determine what your condition is. Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu, a cold or something else?

How to know if I have the flu, a cold or something else?

Flu VS Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or pneumonia?

Localized -pneumonia: Flu has generalized symptoms
pneumonia : fever, cough + some other symptoms like fatigue etc.
Either case, if you have any of those you will need to be checked if you still suspect pneumonia to get CXR ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or just an average fever?

How to know if I have the flu or just an average fever?

Do you mean flu vs: Cold? Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.”

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How to know if I have the flu or could it be merely morning sickness?

Flu vs Morning: Sickness. Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing.
Morning sickness may present with nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or could it just be a common cold?

How to know if I have the flu or could it just be a common cold?

Flu vs cold: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.”
Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. ...Read more

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What are the signs that I have the flu?

What are the signs that I have the flu?

Flu: Usually high fever withe associated muscle aches. You may also be sweating and shivering. However this year, s flu has had atypical symptoms like abdominal discomfort. Nausea and vomiting. Good Luck
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I have the flu and food I eat tastes gross. I still taste the same thing even when I'm not eating. What does this mean?

I have the flu and food I eat tastes gross. I still taste the same thing even when I'm not eating. What does this mean?

Altered taste: Are you being treated for your influenza? Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the most commonly used antiviral treatment of flu, can cause altered taste as a side effect. Many other drugs can do so as well. Perhaps it's possible that flu itself does so, but not common. Anyway, it's unlikely to be permanent. Best to check with the doctor who diagnosed and is treating your influenza. ...Read more

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Can I nurse if I have the flu?

Can I nurse if I have the flu?

Yes: Since flu (influenza) is transmitted through secretions from respiratory tract, not through breast milk, it is safe to breast feed. Using face mask while nursing or in close contact with infant would be prudent. Most of the over-the-counter fever reducers and painkillers are safe as well. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have the flu?

Flu swab: Your doctor has an effect test kit that can be used to detect the presence of the virus. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu yeah not man flu btw.?

What to do if I have the flu yeah not man flu btw.?

If you have the FLU: Hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Feel like I have the flu or something worse but took my temp and it was 95.3? Should I be concerned?

Feel like I have the flu or something worse but took my temp and it was 95.3? Should I be concerned?

Not influenza: "flu" is a broad term used to describe "influenza" and similar illnesses. Influenza usually causes high fever (often 102f and above). You do not have influenza. You may have "flu". ...Read more

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Do I have the flu or pneumonia?

Do I have the flu or pneumonia?

Flu: Symptoms of viral disease may include : fever, chills, cough, diarrhea, vomiting. Same symptoms could represent bacterial infection. Blood work and imaging studies may give more information. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu on a trip?

What to do if I have the flu on a trip?

Get vaccinated: It is best to get vaccinated to prevent illnees. If you get sick you need prescription anti-viral medication that if started early may shorten the illness by a couple of days. ...Read more

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What should I eat / drink if I have the flu?

What u can tolerate: You need good nutrition and hydration if you have the flu. Lots of fluid and what you stomach can tolerate. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I have the flu, or a cold. What are flu symptoms?

I'm not sure if I have the flu, or a cold. What are flu symptoms?

Very similar: Difficult to differentiate cold from flu symptoms. Symptoms are essentially the same. Both are caused by viruses and usually resolve within 7-10 days. ...Read more

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I'm having headaches and bodyaches all the sudden. I feel like I have the flu. What's going on?

Need more info: Without knowing all of your symptoms and doing and examination it is impossible to know what is going on. It is like saying to mechanic my car shakes and gets hot what is it. Go get examined. ...Read more

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I have the flu and have clear diarrhea?

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May be associated: Some variants of flu have associated gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. This may all be related. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu and I'm really dizzy?

What to do if I have the flu and I'm really dizzy?

Hydration: Hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Could I throw up just because I have the flu?

Not necessarily: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. ...Read more

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I have the flu, how long until I can return to work?

I have the flu, how long until I can return to work?

When fever is gone: You can usually return to work when your fever is gone and you are able to eat and drink and get your strength back. Recovery time may be longer for people with lung disease or diabetes. ...Read more

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I think I have the flu. What can I do to get better?

I think I have the flu. What can I do to get better?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): If you did not have the vaccination...

Check with your doc and ask about a prescription of tamiflu (oseltamivir). Your doc can figure out if you benefit from it. My best guess is that it will. Do not wait, the earlier you start the more effective it will be.

Good luck and do not wait! ...Read more