With autumn finally here and winter approaching, flu season is firmly on the “health stuff to worry about” radar. As well as it should be. Even the best vaccines aren’t fool-proof, so paying attention to those common symptoms is a good idea.
For a quick recap, the most typical flu symptoms are:
- High fever, usually above 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Sinus drainage / runny nose
- Persistent cough
- General aches and pains
- Sore throat
If you’re showing signs of any single symptom, or a combination of them, you should seek medical attention.
OK, but what about those uncommon symptoms? The influenza virus is known to throw a curveball every now and then – that’s partly why flu shots aren’t always effective, as the strain can mutate into something different – and there are some other signs that we don’t typically associate with the flu.
Let’s look at 3 flu symptoms you wouldn’t think are virus-related, but very well could be:
- Sweats & chills – in the presence of a virus, the body tends to ramp up the inflammatory response. And inflammation is a good thing, assuming it’s relatively brief. But if you’re experiencing profuse sweating or chills, you could have the flu.
- Vomiting or diarrhea – in an effort to get rid of a menacing virus like the flu, some “quick exit” methods are sometimes utilized by the body’s defense mechanisms. These 2 symptoms are prime examples of a drastic effort to purge a virus – and that virus might be the influenza variety.
- Chest pain or difficulty breathing – usually associated with the heart or lungs, these strange “emergency” symptoms have shown up in flu patients. Of course, any time you experience shortness of breath or chest pain, you should seek medical attention immediately. What most people aren’t aware of is that these things could be signs of the flu!
If you’re caring for someone who has the flu, keep these atypical symptoms in mind. And remember, Banner Urgent Care is the place to go for flu shots this season, and every season. Just stop in to one of our office locations, conveniently situated throughout Arizona and Nevada.
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