How do you know if you have the flu or food poisening?

Difficult to tell. Good question. You can vomit from both. You can have diarrhea. Usually the flu will give you a fever. It could also give you a rash. If you can, get a nasal swab to test for flu. There is medicine which can shorten the flu and maybe lessen the severity. In any case replace fluids with water or ginger ale to maintain a good urine output. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches and fever. See doctor if need. Feel better.

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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?

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...

Just finished recovering from tonsillectomy (13 days ago). Only had soft foods & Now I have the flu & can't eat. How can I get nutrition?

Flu. It is important to stay hydrated. Get some Gatorade or Powerade and sip a little at a time. A milkshake with some egg white protein (pasteurized eggs) will help. Read more...

I know I have the flu but for 3 days I haven't been able to eat food or hold down liquids. At what point do I take myself in to make sure kidneys ok?

Dehydration. Dehydration can effect kidney function if it is severe. The decrease in kidney function usually is reversible with fluids. If you cannot eat or drink anything and if this has been going on for several days see your doctor or go to ER. . Read more...

Hi I have the flu and I am taking antibiotics but I can't taste anything even strong food or I can't smell I also have no senses even when my nose is?

Flu. It is not unusual, with an upper respiratory infection, to have decreased sense of smell and taste. There is congestion and inflammation of the nasal passages and dryness of the mouth. Antibiotics are not going to help with the flu. Take some OTC cold/flu symptom relief medication if needed, and drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated, and bed rest as needed. Read more...
Sense of smell. Viruses can affect the first nerve and the sense of smell. If you can't smell you won't be able to taste either. Hopefully it is only temporary. Read more...

How do you know if you have the flu or not?

Fever, muscle aches. True influenza infection is very bad... People often refer to "flu" whenever they get a cold, however true flu patients often have103-104 fevers, are extremely tired, feel very sick, and ache all over. Read more...
Flu. Known exposure +tax symptoms can be guiding to the right diagnosis. Typical flu symptoms i clued fever, usually >101 f, body aches, headache, mild dry cough, less so runny nose and sore throat. There is a test available to differentiate flu from other viruses. Read more...
Rapid flu & culture. The only definitive way is to get a rapid flu test and confirmatory culture from a doctor or hospital. It involves getting a small amount of nasal washing. But usually the flu gives you crippling all over muscle aches and you feel like you know what. Read more...

Is there a way to know for sure that you have the flu?

Yes. Ther is a test for infulanza a+b fast test to see if you have those types fast and simpl. Read more...
Culture. The flu is not likely this time if year but yes one can do a viral culture and recently rapid DNA analysis of a throat swab has become available. Read more...

How do you know you have the flu?

Testing. Fevers, body aches, runny nose, cough all suggest influenza - but these symptoms are common to many other respiratory viri, so getting tested early (so you can get treated) is worth it. Read more...