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

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Among other sx's

Fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, are the most common initial symptoms.

In brief: Among other sx's

Fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, are the most common initial symptoms.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Right

You are correct. The flu starts like a freight train hit you.
Sudden onset is one of the clues we are dealing with the flu. Fever, significant muscle aches all over, and cough are the symptoms that are always there.

In brief: Right

You are correct. The flu starts like a freight train hit you.
Sudden onset is one of the clues we are dealing with the flu. Fever, significant muscle aches all over, and cough are the symptoms that are always there.
Dr. Lea Danielsen
Dr. Lea Danielsen
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