Early Signs and Symptoms of Flu
Early flu symptoms: Flu can hit you pretty bad most preferably in winter season. The reason behind this particularity is not known but one needs to rest completely in times as such. If you are going through flu, you need to rest, eat healthy and take medications accordingly. But it can start subtly and lightly that you may miss it until it is bad enough for you to even get up. Detecting the Early Signs and Symptoms of Flu can help you to fight it off before the virus spreads into your body.
Some of the early flu symptoms which are mention below can do just the same and read on about how to find relief with each symptom. The flu attacks lungs, throat and nose. Young children, pregnant women, older adults as well as people with weak immune system & chronic diseases are at higher risk.
6 Early Signs and Symptoms of Flu
Excessive and Sudden Fatigue
In winter because of lack of sunlight and shorter days, one can feel tired. But there is a fine line of distinction between the tiredness you feel after a long day and sudden fatigue with minimum activity. Therefore sudden and excessive fatigue is also one of the early symptoms flu.
Common cold can also bring fatigue but with flu, the fatigue appears to be more severe. Your normal activities can be interfered through the extreme tiredness and weakness. Limit your activities especially when you have flu and take rest as much as you can.
Body Aches & Chills
Along with sudden fatigue, there can also be chills and body aches when you are down with flu. It is mild at first when you are entering the flu virus that it may seem as a result of workout. In some parts of the body such as head, legs and back are the common places for body aches and chills.
These are the chills that accompany body aches when you are having flu before it may even develop. Wrap yourself in a blanket and make sure that your temperature doesn’t rises.
Fever is a sign when the body is fighting off an infection. The fevers that are flu related are almost 100 degree Fahrenheit and more. The fever is also one of the common signs in early stages of flu, it is not necessary for everyone to have it. One might experience chills with or without fever. Common fever reducers are acetaminophen and ibuprofen but can’t cure the virus.
Flu related coughing leads quickly to sore throat. There are even viruses that causes swollen throat and without a cough. In some of the early stages of flu it can even make your throat feels scratchy and irritated. It can lead to a strange sensation when you drink or swallow foods.
Flu with sore throat can just get worse as the virus progresses. So get and stock as much as water, caffeine-free tea and chicken soup. You can also gargle with warm salt water and it can give you temporary relief.
Cough is also a natural symptom but in the early stages of flu, there can be persistent cough. It is because of the flu virus which causes the chest tightness and wheezing. There are also chances of coughing up phlegm or mucus but rare in the early stages of flu.
Most important if you have respiratory problems such as emphysema or asthma, you should contact your doctor immediately for complication prevention. If not prevented or treated, the flu cough can cause pneumonia and bronchitis.
For this, prefer taking cough drops or cough medicines and you can calm your cough. Don’t forget to make sure that you are well hydrated with lots of water and teas (caffeine free).
The early signs and symptoms of flu can also be apart from in head, chest and throat. That is why because of some virus particles, there can be cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting and stomach pain. One of the dangerous complications occurring because of diarrhea and vomiting is the dehydration.
For these gastrointestinal problems, again it is advised to stay hydrated by having sport drinks, fruit juices, soda, caffeine free tea and broth or soups.
Flu Symptoms in Children
The flu virus causes the same symptoms as above even in children. But apart from these children may have other symptoms too, such as:
- Crying with no tears
- Not drinking fluids enough
- Unable to eat
- Unable to wake up or interact
- Fever with rash/rashes
- Difficulty urinating
However it is hard to know the difference between a cold and flu in children as both of them have the same symptoms. But with flu, all the symptoms are severe and alarming and you should contact the child’s paediatrician.
Flu Emergency Symptoms
Flu comes under the category of being a progressive illness, meaning it will get worse before getting any better. A person’s overall health decides the severity and response the flu virus gets which affects the symptoms. However here are some of the emergency symptoms of flu where you should contact your doctor immediately.
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue-ish lips and skin
- Chest pain
- Intense dehydration
- Confusion and dizziness
- Persistent and worsening cough
- Recurring fever
The positive and good thing about flu is that it is preventable. Try getting a flu shot every year which is one of the best ways to protect against flu. This flu shot is a recommendation for everyone of age 6 months and older, which also includes pregnant women. Other preventive measures for flu are:
- Wash your hands
- Avoid physical and close contact with sick people
- Cover your cough in order to protect others
- Limit the number of times you touch your nose or mouth