- Fever over 100.4 F
- Muscle aches and body pain, especially in the back, arms, and legs
- Chills or sweats
- Dry or persistent cough
- Overwhelming fatigue or weakness
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Nausea (less common)
Most people who are suffering from flu symptoms may be able to treat themselves at home, however, certain flu strains can be deadly and thus require a doctor’s visit. While you may think an over the counter medication regimen can cut it, messing around with the flu is ill advised.
When you notice flu symptoms, aim to see a doctor within the first 48 hours. Taking antiviral drugs at the first sign of flu symptoms can reduce the length of your illness and may prevent the flu from developing into a more serious issue such as pneumonia.