It's that time of year again, and even though most doctors recommend getting the flu vaccine, it is not a 100% guarantee that it is going to protect you and your family from getting the flu. If you or someone in your family begin to feel bad and you are not sure if it is the flu or not is a very simple way to recognize flu symptoms, and that is that the signs spell out the word F.A.C.T.S. (Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness and Sudden onset). Although, flu symptoms can differ from person to person most people that contract influenza will experience some, if not all, of these symptoms. If you are worried and believe you or a loved one may have the flu, talk to your doctor to decide the best treatment for you.

 

Let's review in detail some of the most common

symptoms of the Flu.

 

Fever


One of the most common symptoms people with the Flu notice is a high fever, and it usually comes on quite swiftly. Some children can experience the flu without running a fever at all, but generally, kids have this symptom as well.


Aches
Another predominant symptom of the flu is having aches and pains. This is because it can be difficult to get comfortable and moving around too much can cause your muscles to become very sore.


Chills
As usual, having a fever is generally associated with chills and the higher your temperature, the worse you tend to feel. Even though with a high temperature the first thing we want to do is bundle up under the cover, this can raise your body temperature, which will not help you feel any better.


Tiredness
One of the most notable symptoms that many people report when they get the flu is complete exhaustion. You probably will not be able to perform your normal daily activities. It can be so severe that it becomes difficult to get out of bed. This fatigue is much more noticeable than the normal tiredness you experience when you have a cold.

 

Sudden Onset
As mentioned before the Flu usually hits very quickly, seemingly out of the blue. One minute you can feel fine and the next feel very sick.

Other symptoms of the Flu also include:

Coughing
Another sign of the Flu is a dry cough. If you develop a cough and fever, you should notify your doctor as soon as possible.

Congestion
Severe congestion is generally more common with a cold, but some people can experience congestion with the flu as well. It is usually mild though.

Headache
Headaches are extremely common with the flu and can be pretty severe.
Having a throbbing headache can make you feel miserable especially when you already feel terrible from the flu. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help but always check with your doctor first.

Vomiting/Diarrhea
Finally, vomiting and diarrhea. Although these symptoms are usually not common with the Flu, some people can encounter these symptoms.
For instance, children are usually more likely to have vomiting and diarrhea with the Flu, but it can occasionally happen in adults too.

Treatment for the Flu usually consists of drinking a lot of fluids and with plenty of rest! Rest and fluids help the body fight against the infection on its own. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help with symptoms.
If you or a loved one think you have the Flu contact your doctor immediately. It's import to begin treatment as soon as possible so that you can recover quickly and help prevent you from getting worse. If you have the Flu remember to try a limit exposure to others since the Flu is highly contagious. Stay home from work and school until your doctor says it's okay for you to return to your normal activities.