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Flu-Like Symptoms

woman blowing nose with fluWhat are Flu-like Symptoms?

Flu-like symptoms are prevalent side effects of infections or inflammatory disorders. Common signs are typically a fever or body temperature of over 100oF, chill, body aches, coughing and feelings of tiredness or drowsiness. Other symptoms may include a combination of the following:

  • soreness of the throat or throat irritation
  • nasal congestion or runny nose
  • headache
  • upset stomach, nauseousness, and vomiting
  • bowel changes which may cause diarrhea
Flu-like symptoms are generally quickly triggered by the onset of an infection. This may include a range of infections from appendicitis to bacterial infections in the respiratory tract. These symptoms can also be caused by allergies related to food or seasonal allergies (hay fever). Many conditions may induce flu-like symptoms such as menstrual periods, chronic fatigue syndrome, leukemia, sexually transmitted diseases or the common cold which is often confused with the flu.

How are Flu-like Symptoms Treated?

Flu-like symptoms require several method for treatment and should be cared for only as instructed by your doctor. Patients must remember to keep hydrated for the body to function properly.  Persons who are diagnosed with the flu are given antibiotics to assist in the recovery process. Antihistamines may be used to block histamines in the body from causing flu-like symptoms, and decongestants and cough suppressants may aid in improving airflow. Vitamin C has also been shown to help reduce recovery time.

Patients with severe symptoms or difficulty breathing, seizures, or feelings of confusion should seek immediate medical attention.