The Main Flu Symptoms Fever, Aches and Chills

There’s a fine line between a very bad cold and the flu and the term ‘flu’ certainly gets thrown around too often. Many people try to find analogies for it, for example if there were a briefcase full of $50 notes just outside the door and you’d go and get it then you have a cold. If you’d stay lying on the sofa you have the flu. Others simply say you feel like you’re dying but the best way to distinguish between a cold and flu is to look at flu symptoms: fever, aches and chills, amongst others.

The influenza virus is like any other virus. It invades the body’s cells and uses them as a host to cause the symptoms you experience. The only way to rid the body of flu is for the immune system to battle the virus effectively so the cells return to normal. When the number of infected cells reaches a certain level you might start to feel hot and sweaty; the start of a fever. If you take your temperature (either in the mouth, anus or under the armpit) and you have reached 102° then you are indeed running a fever. This is a good sign which shows your body is working at fighting the infection, but for children a fever that gets too high can be dangerous. For infants of between 0 and 3 months, immediate medical attention should be sought if their rectal temperature exceeds 100.3° or drops below 97° as they grow a bit older infants can handle a slightly higher temperature without needing medical help, but as soon as it exceeds 101° you should get your child to the doctor or hospital.

Chills go hand in hand with a temperature and while you might feel freezing cold one second, once you’ve put a jumper and blanket on you’ll be boiling hot again. Unfortunately there’s little you can do about this flu symptoms apart from try to regulate your temperature by tending to whether you feel you need to be cooler or warmer and take painkillers every four hours to keep your temperature down. The third main flu symptoms fever and chills don’t incorporate is aches. You might feel like every muscle in your body hurts and you simply cannot get comfortable. Often even when you’re not moving your body will ache and again, all you can do is keep taking painkillers, drinking plenty to flush the toxins out and trying to get rest.

Along with flu symptoms fever, aches and chills you’ll most likely feel exhausted, have a headache and you might feel nauseous too. If you have a fever it’s best to stick to drinking, but if not and your appetite is back then eat a variety of good quality food to get your body back into equilibrium again. Chicken soup is great for reducing inflammation so may help your headache, and it boosts the immune system too. Most importantly with flu you need to rest until it is gone and wash your hands before touching anyone else or anything that they might touch too.

15 comments

  1. shekar Reply
    January 27, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Hi, good article. But lacks medication that is normally taken by patients and what doc suggest.

  2. Christina Reply
    August 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Good info. I definitely have the flu 🙁

  3. Tara Reply
    April 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Yup… That's me!

  4. clazzy Reply
    May 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Is frequent non painful urination common with this flu? Thanks

  5. ky Reply
    June 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you it really helped, although there are not many solutions to help this cause I hope I feel better by tomorrow due to this information.

  6. jan Reply
    June 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    First of all even if I was dying I'd go get that briefcase. Second, my daughter's pediatrician says to just give baby ibuprofen to her unless temp is above 103 or lasts more than a day. Then bring her in. I would never clog up the ER for 101 degree fever.

  7. Audrey Reply
    August 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you, that was amazing, it helped me alot

  8. sg Reply
    January 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Very well described symptoms. I have them – incl. frequent urination as body temp fluctuates. Drinking warm fluids, esp. water seems to be the best recourse ….. besides periodic ibuprofen and rest.

  9. Caesius Reply
    January 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

    While the article did not stress the dangers to the elderly or *when* to seek medical attention, I was very glad to see that the words "there's not much else you can do." I am not being sarcastic. The phrase, where noted, is correct. But had it not been included, readers might be upset because it didn't tell them everything that could be done. If all that was noted is all that can really be done for a given symptom, then it is necessary to include that.

  10. Kate Reply
    February 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    If the fever with flu is adaptive, why bring it down w/a painkiller?

  11. Mindi Reply
    November 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    It is the flu for me no work today :'( aches chills headache and fever making me feel like a little kid crying. My mother always said take a hot bath and get in bed to sweat it out and drink o.j.

  12. Allison Reply
    February 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    FINALLY! An article describing EXACTLY what I have been going through! WebMD did not even get close. Thank you, HEALTHGUIDANCE!

  13. Hal Reply
    November 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I thought it was a good article, but did anyone else notice that they said the anus is an accurate fever representation?

  14. Anonymous Reply
    January 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Great explanation

  15. Anonymous Reply
    February 17, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Exactly how I feel…

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