6 Early Influenza Signs and Symptoms | What are The Symptoms of the flu?

6 Early Flu Symptoms Sudden or excessive fatigue Shorter days and reduced sunlight can make
you feel tired, but there’s a difference between being tired and experiencing extreme
fatigue. Sudden, excessive fatigue is one of the earliest
signs of the flu, and it may appear before other symptoms. Fatigue is also a symptom of the common cold,
but it’s usually more severe with the flu. Extreme weakness and tiredness may interfere
with your normal activities, so it’s important that you limit activity and allow your body
to rest. Take a few days off from work or school and
stay in bed. Rest can strengthen your immune system and
help you fight the virus. Body aches and chills Body aches and chills are also common flu
symptoms. If you’re coming down with the flu virus,
you may mistakenly blame body aches on something else, such as a recent workout. Body aches can manifest anywhere in the body,
especially in the head, back, and legs. Chills may also accompany body aches and the
flu may cause chills even before a fever develops. Wrapping yourself in a warm blanket can increase
your body temperature and reduce chills. If you have body aches, you can take over
the counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Cough A persistent cough can indicate an early illness
and it may be a warning sign of the flu. The flu virus can also cause a cough with
wheezing and chest tightness. You might cough up phlegm or mucus, but this
is rare in the early stages of the flu. If you have respiratory problems, such as
asthma or emphysema, you may need to consult a doctor to prevent further complications. Also, call a doctor if you notice colored
phlegm. Flu complications can include bronchitis and
pneumonia. Take cough drops or cough medicine to calm
a cough. It can also help to keep yourself and your
throat hydrated with lots of water and caffeine-free teas. Always cover your cough to prevent spreading
the infection. Sore throat Flu related coughing can quickly lead to a
sore throat. Some viruses can actually cause a swollen
throat without a cough. In the earliest stages of the flu, your throat
may feel scratchy and irritated. You may also feel a strange sensation when
you swallow food or drinks. If you have a sore throat, it will likely
get worse as the virus progresses. Stock up on caffeine free tea, chicken soup,
and water. You can also gargle with 8 oz. of warm water,
1 tsp. of salt, and 1/2 tsp. of baking soda. Fever A fever is a sign that your body is fighting
off an infection. Flu related fevers are typically 100˚F (38˚C)
or higher. While a fever is a common symptom in early
stages of the flu, not everyone with the flu will have a fever. Also, you might experience chills with or
without a fever while the virus runs its course. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are both effective
fever reducers, but these medicines can’t cure the virus. Gastrointestinal problems Early flu symptoms can extend below the head,
throat, and chest. Some strains of the virus can cause diarrhea,
nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting. Dehydration is a dangerous complication of
diarrhea and vomiting. To avoid dehydration, drink sports drinks,
fruit juices, caffeine free teas and sodas, or broth.

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