How to Tell If You Have the Flu

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How to Tell If You Have the Flu

how to tell if you have the flu

As winter continues in full swing and our bodies cope with cooler temperatures, it’s common for us to start feeling under the weather. But how do you know if what you’re dealing with is a cold or the more dangerous flu? Being able to distinguish between the two makes it easier to find the right solution for feeling better, faster.

Symptoms of a Cold

Everyone has contended with a cold at some point, and many of us are highly familiar with the telltale symptoms, which include:

  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

Although there’s still no cure for the common cold, most of us get over them in a week to 10 days without the need to visit a doctor.

What Exactly Is the Flu?

The flu, another unpleasant but more dangerous condition, comes from one of three virus types. The influenza type A and influenza type B viruses are the ones that come around each year and cause seasonal epidemics. Many flu symptoms overlap with those of a cold, including:

  • Headache and body aches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

However, a few symptoms distinguish the flu from a common cold. The following are the top three to watch out for if you’re wondering which illness you have.

1. Fever

A cold very rarely results in a fever, but the flu usually does bring high temperatures. It’s common to see a reading above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the thermometer, and the fever can last for several days accompanied by the chills. While fevers are uncomfortable to be sure, they’re also a sign that your body is working to fight the infection.

2. Fatigue

A bad cold can take quite a lot of wind out of your sails, but it doesn’t usually stop people from doing at least some of their normal activities. A flu, on the other hand, can often result in extreme fatigue that confines you to bed for days. If a fever is present along with the pronounced muscle cramps and headaches of the flu, you should plan on taking more than one day off of work. In addition, accept the fact that you probably won’t get anything done until you get some treatment, and staying home is the best way to stop the spread of the illness to your coworkers, friends, and family.  

3. Nausea and Vomiting

It’s certainly not pleasant to consider, but experiencing nausea and vomiting is the most obvious sign that you’re dealing with the flu rather than a cold. If you’re not able to keep much of anything down, you’ll feel even worse due to dehydration and loss of essential vitamins and electrolytes, a sure sign of dehydration is when you become dizzy with position changes, like going from sitting to standing.  That dizzy feeling and “headrush” is your body trying to compensate for the lack of blood flow to the brain, as you become more dehydrated, your blood pressure falls as fluid volume is reduced, and to compensate your heart rate will increase from your normal.  If you notice this occurring, please be careful as you can very easily had a syncopal episode and fall/faint.  

How IV Therapy Can Help You Feel Better When You Have the Flu

When you’re sick with the flu, your body goes into overdrive trying to fight the infection — resulting in symptoms that put your life on hold. If you want to feel better fast, IV for flu symptoms is a smart option.

Arizona IV Medics will bring hydrating IV fluids for muscle cramps and other flu symptoms straight to your home with our variety of packages and pricing. Our Myers’ Cocktail features vitamins and minerals you need to boost your immune system and energy, helping you get over your flu more quickly in the comfort of your own home. Some of our packages even include anti-nausea or pain management add-ins to help you feel more functional.  Many of our patients use The IV appointment as an opportunity to get hydrated, stop vomiting with nausea medicine, and break their fever with IV NSAID pain medication, and for those who want to simply sleep, we offer IV Benadryl for sleep promotion.  

Contact Arizona IV Medics today to learn more about how we can help you fight the flu!

Matt Heistan
Matt Heistan
Matt is the CEO of AZ IV Medics. Matt has over 15 years of experience in the emergency medicine field. Matt attended Westwood High School, Scottsdale Community College, and the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Psychology. Matt is a 10-year USAF veteran and has been an EMT since 1999. After separating from the USAF, Matt was hired by the Peoria AZ Fire Dept. where he has worked as a Firefighter Paramedic for the last 10 years. Matt is a life-long athlete, from college football to powerlifting, to Crossfit, to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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