Initially, the flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat.
Colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to come on suddenly and although a cold can be a nuisance, you usually feel much worse with the flu.
Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever over 38 C in adults, and often as high as 39.5 C to 40.5 C in children
- Chills and sweats
- Dry cough
- Muscular aches and pains, especially in your back, arms and legs
- Fatigue and weakness
- Nasal congestion
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhoea and vomiting in children
When to see a Doctor
If you have flu symptoms and are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away.
Taking antiviral drugs within the first 48 hours after you first notice symptoms may reduce the length of your illness by a day or two and may help prevent more serious problems.
Seek immediate medical care if you have signs and symptoms of pneumonia. These include a severe cough that brings up phlegm, a high fever and a sharp pain when you breathe deeply.
If you have bacterial pneumonia, you’ll need treatment with antibiotics.
Dr Simon Mayhew
Primary Care and Sports Medicine Doctor
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