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Big headaches, hot flashes, and night sweats? Could it be the flu?

Big headaches, hot flashes, and night sweats?  Could it be the flu?

Not typical: Need more detailed description of symptoms. Where are the headaches, are they constant, how severe, what relieves them, etc. Are you having fever, when and how much; sore throat, muscle aches, gastrointestinal changes (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). To what have you been exposed (sexually or otherwise). This does not necessarily sound like influenza, but need more info. See doctor. ...Read more

Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more

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Throat pain and itchiness, joint pain, night sweats,fatigue. Do I have the flu? Or something more serious such as throat cancer? It's been 6 days.

Throat pain and itchiness, joint pain, night sweats,fatigue. Do I have the flu? Or something more serious such as throat cancer? It's been 6 days.

Flu: Are those the choices in your mind? flu or throat cancer (in a 24 year old)? do you have history of anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder? why would you think "throat cancer"? and how would throat cancer cause joint pain? sounds like the flu. Stay well hydrated, rest, treat symptoms supportively, and stop all alcohol and tobacco use. If not improving in 2-3 days, will need medical attention. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get the flu vaccine
Yearly
Get plenty of sleep
Once
Avoid contact with sick people
Once
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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What helps with night sweats for 2 nights? Could it be the flu?

What helps with night sweats for 2 nights?  Could it be the flu?

Could be anything: Take Aspirin or tylenol before you go to bed. If this persists or you have other symptoms, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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My son just got over the flu but now he has been having excessive night sweats. Is this normal.?

My son just got over the flu but now he has been having excessive night sweats. Is this normal.?

Maybe: It may be part of the healing process. Does he have fever? When fever breaks one will sweat a lot. Is appetite normal? Thirst normal? If it concerns you enough to ask, it maybe worthwhile to ave him seen. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get your flu shot EVERY SINGLE YEAR as early in the season as you can
Yearly
Wash your hands constantly
Once
Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
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Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands
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I have valley fever .Can i get a flu shot when i'm experiencing symptoms like a severe cough and night sweats?

I have valley fever .Can i get a flu shot when i'm experiencing symptoms like a severe cough and night sweats?

Hold off: It would probably be safe, but why take a chance of an adverse reaction while you are obviously ill at the present time. Get it when you are feeling better or see an infectious disease specialist to determine flu vaccination. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Wash your hands often
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Avoid others with the flu
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Get plenty of sleep
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Eat a well-balanced diet
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I've had what i believe is flu and in4th day. Have had severe night sweats on night 2 and 3. Is this common. Symptoms are cough, aching head joints?

I've had what i believe is flu and in4th day. Have had severe night sweats on  night 2 and 3. Is this common. Symptoms are cough, aching head joints?

Influenza: The symptoms you describe are classic for influenza and while people talk about a "touch" of flu it is often more like a sledge hammer. At this point i would continue to treat symptomatically with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen and hopefully in a few more days you'll feel better. Next year you should get a flu shot of you didn't this year. ...Read more

Night Sweats (Definition)

Sleep hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as the night sweats, is the occurrence of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) during sleep. The sufferer may or may not also suffer from excessive perspiration while awake. Sleep hyperhidrosis may occur at any age, but is most commonly ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more

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