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.
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.
The flu virus also causes the above symptoms in children. However, your child may have other symptoms that require medical attention. These can include:
- not drinking enough fluids
- crying with no tears
- not waking up or interacting
- being unable to eat
- having fever with a rash
- having difficulty urinating
It can be hard to know the difference between the flu and a cold in children. With both a cold and flu, your child can develop a cough, sore throat, and body aches, but symptoms are more severe with the flu. If your child doesn’t have a fever, it may be an indication that they have a cold instead. If you’re concerned about any symptoms your child has developed, you should call their pediatrician.
The flu is a progressive illness. This means that symptoms will worsen before they get better. Not everyone responds the same to a virus. Your overall health can determine the severity of your symptoms. The flu virus can be mild or severe. Seek immediate medical care if you have the following symptoms:
- chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- bluish skin and lips
- severe dehydration
- dizziness and confusion
- recurring fever
- worsening cough
If you’ve been diagnosed with the flu, allow yourself a reasonable recovery period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that you don’t go back to work until you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Even if you don’t have a fever, you should still consider staying home until other symptoms improve. It’s safe to return to work or school when you can resume normal activity without getting tired. The recovery rate varies. Even after feeling better, you might experience a lingering cough and fatigue for a few weeks. Always see a doctor if the flu comes back or gets worse after an initial recovery.
During flu season, protecting yourself from viruses is a top priority. The flu virus can spread through saliva droplets that are projected when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can reach people and surfaces up to 6 feet away. You can be exposed by breathing air containing these droplets or by touching objects that these droplets have landed on.
The good news is that the flu virus is preventable. Getting a flu shot every year is one of the best ways to protect yourself. The flu shot is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, including pregnant women. According the CDC, the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during 2016–2017. Other preventive measures include:
- avoid close contact with sick people
- stay home if you’re sick, especially if you have a fever
- cover your cough to protect others
- wash your hands
- limit how frequently you touch your mouth or nose
Learn about the symptoms of flu, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.
Some people get mildly ill, while others get very sick.
Flu symptoms usually include the sudden appearance of:
- high fever (39°C and above)
- muscle aches
Other common symptoms include:
- loss of appetite
- fatigue (tiredness)
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
Some people, especially children, may also experience:
- a stomach ache
- nausea and vomiting
It takes 1 to 4 days for flu symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus.
Most people recover from the flu in 7 to 10 days. Others may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), and may need hospital care.
A cold infects just your nose and throat, while the flu also affects your lungs.
There are three types of influenza virus - A, B and C. Influenza A and B cause most of the cases of flu. Each winter a different type of influenza virus causes an outbreak of flu which affects many people. This is called seasonal flu. If you get a flu-like illness during an outbreak of seasonal flu, it is likely to be caused by the prevailing influenza virus. Most cases of flu usually occur in a period of six to eight weeks during the winter.
Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of influenza A virus which is called H1N1v. It seems to affect children and young adults more commonly than those over the age of 60 years. Most people with this type of flu have a mild flu-like illness. You are more likely to have sickness and/or diarrhoea with this type of flu.
Note: bird flu (avian influenza) is different and is more serious.
Common flu symptoms in adults and older children include:
- High temperature (fever).
- Aches and pains in muscles and joints.
- A dry cough.
- Sore throat.
- Feeling sick (nausea).
The illness caused by the influenza virus tends to be worse than illnesses caused by other viruses which cause a flu-like illness. Even if you are young and fit, flu can make you ill enough to need to go to bed.
Common flu symptoms in babies and young children include fever, sweats, a cough, sore throat, sneezing, difficulty in breathing, lack of energy (lethargy) and poor feeding. Some young children with flu may have a febrile convulsion. A febrile convulsion is a fit that occurs in some children with a fever.
Typically, symptoms are at their worst after 1-2 days. Then they usually gradually ease over several days. An irritating cough may persist for a week or so after other symptoms have gone. Most people recover completely within 2-7 days.
Flu is passed from person to person by droplets created when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs. You can also catch it by touching a surface where the virus has been deposited. Flu can spread quickly in these ways.
Even if you have never had a day’s illness in your life, your chance of catching flu increases as you get older.
Other serious illnesses can have similar symptoms to flu (influenza) when they first develop - for example, meningitis, malaria, or pneumonia. If you have a more serious illness, other symptoms usually develop in addition to those mentioned above.
Symptoms to look out for which may mean that you have a different and more severe illness include:
- Rash - in particular if dark red spots develop that do not fade when pressed.
- Stiff neck - particularly if you cannot bend your neck forward.
- A headache that becomes worse and worse.
- Dislike of bright lights - if you need to shut your eyes and turn away from the light.
- Drowsiness and/or confusion.
- Repeatedly being sick (vomiting).
- Chest pains.
- Coughing up blood or blood-stained phlegm (sputum).
Note: it is important to tell a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms and you have been to a country within the previous year where malaria is present. Initial symptoms of malaria can be similar to flu.
Your immune system will usually clear viruses that cause flu (influenza) and flu-like illnesses. Treatment aims to ease symptoms until the infection goes, and to prevent complications. There are several treatment options as outlined below.
Have you noticed you no longer smell certain foods very well? If you seem to have more trouble smelling foods like bananas, dill pickles or licorice, you should ask your doctor about Parkinson's.
What is normal?
Your sense of smell can be changed by a cold, flu or a stuffy nose, but it should come back when you are better.
Do you thrash around in bed or act out dreams when you are deeply asleep? Sometimes, your spouse will notice or will want to move to another bed. Sudden movements during sleep may be a sign of Parkinson's disease.
What is normal?
It is normal for everyone to have a night when they 'toss and turn' instead of sleeping. Similarly, quick jerks of the body when initiation sleep or when in lighter sleep are common and often normal.
Trouble Moving or Walking
Do you feel stiff in your body, arms or legs? Have others noticed that your arms don’t swing like they used to when you walk? Sometimes stiffness goes away as you move. If it does not, it can be a sign of Parkinson's disease. An early sign might be stiffness or pain in your shoulder or hips. People sometimes say their feet seem “stuck to the floor.”
What is normal?
If you have injured your arm or shoulder, you may not be able to use it as well until it is healed, or another illness like arthritis might cause the same symptom.
Do you have trouble moving your bowels without straining every day? Straining to move your bowels can be an early sign of Parkinson's disease and you should talk to your doctor.
What is normal?
If you do not have enough water or fiber in your diet, it can cause problems in the bathroom. Also, some medicines, especially those used for pain, will cause constipation. If there is no other reason such as diet or medicine that would cause you to have trouble moving your bowels, you should speak with your doctor.
A Soft or Low Voice
The person who wishes to have a new sober life can achieve that goal at any one of some 45 Narconon centers around the world. After withdrawal, the Narconon program guides each person through an intensive detoxification phase called New Life Detoxification. Through running to get the blood circulating, followed by time in a dry-heat sauna to sweat out the drugs, and good nutirition and adequate sleep, drug residues flush out of the fatty tissues of the body. As traces of drug use are eliminated, participants report that they experience return of alertness and reduction or elimination of cravings for drugs.
As the cravings depart, a person begins to think more clearly. This means that they can begin to address the damage they have done to themselves with their drug abuse. One loses personal integrity and feels guilt over the harm done to loved ones. The ability to say no to drugs is often gone and there are troublesome people in one’s past who could make more trouble in the future. To stay sober, it is necessary to recover one’s self-respect and learn the skills needed to make the correct decision in each situation one encounters.
The later phases of the Narconon program address these necessary skills and recoveries. The Narconon program has no set time limit, but usually takes 8-10 weeks. Each person progresses at their own rate. The program takes as long as necessary for the individual to become free of drugs, discover for themselves why they turned to drugs in the first place, and to learn life skills that empower them to live drug-free. The goal of the program is an individual free of drugs and the desire to take them and living a productive and happy life as a contributing member of society.
Intestinal Parasites Symptoms
The Early Warning Signals
Common Intestinal Parasites Symptoms can be recognized as early warning signs that you've got unwanted visitors. Pay attention to your body when it is sounding out the alarm.
The funny thing about parasites is that they are sneaky. I don't suppose they have a brain that literally plots against us, but they are very clever at mimicking other ailments and are able to go undetected by doctors for many years.
That is one of the reasons that I adopted the practice of cleansing my system on a regular basis to insure that no little microscopic creepy crawlies are able to take up permanent residence in my digestive system.
By keeping my colon healthy, I am able to enjoy a stronger immune system that is more prepared to fight off any visiting bacteria that it encounters.
An intestinal parasite may live in your body without you really knowing about it for several years.
You may not experience any symptoms, or even dismiss them as "just getting older" or "having a hard day."
Some of the most common symptoms of parasitic infection are.
- watery diarrhea
- intestinal cramping
- bad breath
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Detecting early symptoms of the flu can prevent the spread of the virus and possibly help you treat the illness before it gets worse. Early symptoms can include:
There are also early flu symptoms that are unique to children.
Read on to learn more about all of these symptoms and how you can find relief.
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 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).
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.
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.