Flu symptoms can vary from person to person, and many people don't realize they have the flu until they have been sick for a few days. Learn about the most common flu symptoms, and how they're different from the common cold.
Fever is almost always present with the flu, and it usually comes on suddenly. When you have a high fever, you're also likely to experience chills. The higher your body temperature, the colder the air will feel. This is why you feel cold when you have a fever and why you want to cover up with blankets to get warm. Unfortunately, if you bundle up when you have a fever, you can actually increase your body temperature, which won't help you feel any better.
It's hard to get comfortable when you have a fever. Here are some tips and ideas that might help:
Overall feeling of being completely exhausted. You probably will be unable to perform daily activities. This exhaustion is much more pronounced than the tiredness you may feel from a cold.
3. Aches and Pains
One of the most common descriptions people give when they have the flu is "achy". Your muscles are usually very sore and moving around too much causes discomfort.
This is found with both the common cold and flu, but is accompanied by other symptoms when you have the flu.
Headaches are common with the flu, and can be quite severe. Like the rest of your body, the head will ache when you have the flu.
May be productive (producing mucous) or non-productive, but is usually a dry cough. If you develop a productive cough and fever, you should contact your doctor.
Flu, NIAID Fact Sheet. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 17 Nov 2006. 26 May 2007.