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Home Symptoms of Flu Lesser Known Flu Symptoms: Muscle aches

Lesser Known Flu Symptoms: Muscle aches

Viruses can cause several common diseases: cold, flu, and chicken pox and some rarer illnesses: HIV, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD disease), and polio. Vaccines and improved hygiene measures have lessened the severity and the rate of some of these, but others: the common cold and flu, still plague humans annually. Determining the exact virus causing an illness is the first step in any office visit for viral symptoms. A physician will ask the patient about his symptoms before running any other tests. Often flu symptoms: muscle aches, fever, headache and upper respiratory problems will help the doctor to choose the best course of treatment to follow.

While there are differences between cold vs flu symptoms muscle aches are one symptom seen in those with the flu but rarely in those suffering colds. These muscle aches accompany a high fever, chills and a headache. A body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit indicates a fever which might be caused by a flu. Such a high temperature needs to be fully evaluated by a physician before beginning treatment. A high fever can be controlled with acetaminophen or aspirin, and these medicines can help to ease other flu symptoms like muscle aches and headaches. Within 48 hours of developing symptoms, a doctor appointment needs to be made. If a virus is the cause, antiviral medications need to be started within the first two days in order to be effective in reducing the duration of flu symptoms.

The novel H1N1 flu virus has the same flu symptoms of muscle aches, headache, fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue that the seasonal flu has. Once referred to as the swine flu epidemic, the H1N1 flu pandemic looks, spreads, and is treated the same way as the seasonal flu. Health insurance providers begin in the late summer to take steps to prepare their policyholders for the upcoming flu season. This includes educating the public and covering protective vaccines. The campaign to inform the general population about flu symptoms like muscle aches and fever has been joined by children's television show character, Elmo, from Sesame Street. When parents and children know what to look for and what to do should there be any flu symptoms, they can more quickly take the necessary action to visit the doctor to get a definite flu diagnosis, determine the type of flu virus causing the infection and begin a regime of antiviral medications.

Viruses share many symptoms, including the many types of flu virus: swine flu, H1N1 flu, avian flu in humans, and seasonal flu. A trip to the doctor should be made immediately with any viral or flu symptoms: muscle aches, headache, fever, chills, fatigue or respiratory problems.

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