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Flu Symptoms - What You Need to Know!

Updated on November 21, 2015

Flu Symptoms

Another flu (influenza) season is upon us. Yes, it's a real bummer, and we can't do anyhting about it. Typically it peaks in February or March, and it seems like this year will be no exception - it usually starts in January and unfortunately increases week after week.

It isn't always easy to tell a difference from a cold and a flu. There are many other viruses and germs out there that could make us sick, especially during cold and flu season. For those who are feeling under the weather, and are not sure, what exactly got to them, I have a list of flu symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Exhaustion/Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Body Aches
  • Headache

These symptoms will typically bug you for about a week, but could last longer.

How To Protect Yourself From The Flu

You can never protect yourself a hundred percent, but it's definitely worth to try to protect yourself as much as possible!

1. Flu vaccine - you could still get a flu shot, it isn't too late.The traditional and nasal flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu, but remember - It usually takes a week for the vaccine to start working, and of course you can still get the flu, but the symptoms could be much easier to bare! Complications from the flu just aren't worth the risk of not getting the vaccine.

2. Wash your hands - a lot! Washing hands reduces a risk of transmission of viruses and bacteria.

3. Use hand sanitizer - when you are not able to wash your hands. Door knobs are crowded with all kinds of viruses and bacteria - carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer, to always have it handy!

And What To Do When You Get The Flu?

OK, you got it - what now??? Flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, but there are a few home remedies, that will make you feel better. Of course the best idea is to visit your doctor, and get your antiviral prescription filled, but a few simple tricks may also relive symptoms, if you flu isn't severe.

  • Drink, and then drink some more. The flu can really dehydrate your body - when we are already feeling dry in the winter time, so you don't want to make it worse! Especially if you have a fever, with vomiting or diarrhea. Be sure to drink a lot of water. That's always the best choice, but you can also sip on juices and electrolites (like Pediasure, or Gatorade). Try to refrain from coffee and tea, unless it is a herbal tea or a decaf.

How about alcohol? “When you have the flu, the last thing you want to do is drink alcohol,” says William Schaffner, MD, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. “It makes you sleepy, and flu does that already” (

By the way, if you are dehadrated, your urine will be dark brown, and it should look almost colorless.

  • Decaffeinated tea with honey can soothe a sore throat, and if you add a few drops on lemon, then you have an extra intake of vitamin C! Tasty and good for you - it's a win-win situation!

  • Enjoy a bowl of chicken soup - it may help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, but besides that, it is very comforting, and that's important too!
  • Get plenty of rest - just "sleep on it" - you definitely should take time off from work - to get better, and not to get others sick. Try to spend a day or two in bed, relaxing. Sleep is a crucial factor in the healing process - your body will distress and regenerate.

  • Humidify your bedroom - you need moisture in the air! Just make sure your humidifier is clean and free of mold.
  • Use a warm compress - on your forehead and nose. A warm cloth is very comforting and will help relieve a sinus pain.
  • Suck on throat lozenges and cough drops - they will relieve the pain and help shorten cold symptoms (especially the zinc ones).
  • Clear your throat. Gargling with salt water helps get rid of thick mucus, and can also help ease stuffy ears.

And last, but not least: Let somebody take care of you - it will make you feel a bit better - instantly!

Hang in there and feel better real soon!

© 2013 Aga


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    • Monis Mas profile image

      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you DDE! I hate flu very much. You are right, the prevention is the best you can do to try to avoid this nasty condition.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helpful information on flu symptoms your important facts should taken into consideration. The prevention tips are most useful here.

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Dear Colin, I am hoping you are feeling better by now! We just got s ton of snow, and I am really not feeling it :-). I am so waiting for spring! Thank you for stopping by, and hugs for the kitties :-)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Good evening my dear friend and esteemed colleague , Aga, I am just checking in with you to say hello and to see how you are keeping.

      I have a bit of a head cold which has made this Sunday a somewhat miserable day so I thought this would be an interesting hub to read because colds and flus are like cousins , lol. and they're not good cousins to have in your family.

      Well I will see you again and I am sending to you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 12:05am

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      Aga 5 years ago

      I am glad you are taking precautions! I always say it's better to try to prevent it, than suffer later on! Thank you for stopping by!

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      CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

      With 2 kids in the house, the flu is always a concern. They get it ALL THE TIME it seems. Yeah, I think frequent hand/face washing and disinfecting doorknobs and stuff is the best way to go. We go through cans of Lysol like crazy =)

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Thank you so much peachpurple! Try to stay healthy this winter!

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful info. Tips and suggestions to keep my family from flu infections. Voted up

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Lucky you, Bill! I am surrounded by sick people right now! I hope it won't hit me. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good info...I rarely get the flu....maybe once or twice a decade. The only good thing about the flu is an excuse to eat chicken noodle soup. :)