Recognizing Flu Symptoms
Signs, also called “symptoms,” of the flu include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish*
- A cough, sore throat, or both
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches, body aches, or both
- Tiredness, also call “fatigue”
- Nausea, vomiting, with or without diarrhea. This is most common in children.
*Not everyone with the flu has a fever.
The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your doctor can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to find out whether or not you have the flu.
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms that are more common and intense with the flu include:
Get medical help right away if you are having any of the following:
- Problems breathing or shortness of breath
- Purple or blue lips
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Vomiting that is severe or won’t stop
- Flu-like symptoms that get better but then return with fever and worse cough.
This article is based on information available at Flu.gov (http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/caring-for-someone/index.html) accessed November 2012.
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