Flu Symptoms: How To Spot The Signs

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It's that time of year again - when family and friends start dropping like flies, victim to the inevitable winter flu.

*Shudders*

So before you head into work fraught with flu symptoms and infect your work colleagues, have a look through HuffPost Canada's comprehensive list of flu symptoms and consider quarantine...

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Temperature
Feeling feverish or having a fever of 100°F or higher can be an indicator for the flu or H1N1 virus, though not everyone with the flu will get a fever. Fevers are unlikely with a common cold.

Body Aches
Feeling achy all over or getting a headache is another symptom of the flu or H1N1, and not generally associated with getting a cold. This tends to show as more general aches, as opposed to those confined to one area.

Nausea, Vomiting Or Diarrhea
Nausea is the most symptom of the flu, and less likely to occur with a cold. However, if you're vomiting continuously, this can indicate a more severe strain of the flu, and you should seek medical help.

Sore Throat
A sore throat is usually the first indicator of the beginning of illness, whether it's a cold, the flu or worse.

Cough
Coughing occurs when one has a cold or the flu, though if it worsens, that can indicate a more severe strain, like H1N1.

Fatigue
An intense feeling of exhaustion, like not being able to get out of bed, is a sign that you have the flu or H1N1. This does not usually occur with a cold.

Chills
Chills can occur as a result of many kinds of bacterial and viral illnesses, including colds, the flu and H1N1.

Runny Nose
Though a runny nose is most closely associated with a cold, it can also be part of having the flu or H1N1. Be sure to have plenty of tissues on hand to keep germs from spreading.

Dizziness
Dizziness is not a normal symptom for a cold or flu, and should be treated with seriousness.

Dehydration
Dehydration is a serious risk when you're ill, either because you feel too sick to drink or eat, or you've been vomiting and/or having diarrhea. Being dehydrated can indicate H1N1, and you should seek medical attention.

Pain In Stomach Or Chest
Feeling pains in your stomach or chest while or immediately after you have the flu can indicate a serious complication, like pneumonia. Seek medical help immediately.

Discoloured Lips
Discoloured lips can indicate a lung infection, which poses a serious health risk. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

 
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