What are flu symptoms (or flu like illness symptoms)?
Common flu symptoms in adults and older children include:
- High temperature (fever)
- Aches and pains in muscle and joints
- A dry cough
- Sore throat
- Feeling sick (nausea)
Even if you are young and fit, flu can make you ill enough to need to go to bed.
Common flu symptoms in babies and young children include fever, sweats, a cough, sore throat, sneezing, difficulty in breathing, lack of energy (lethargy) and poor feeding.
How long will the symptoms last?
Typically symptoms are at their worst after 1-2 days, gradually easing over 7–10 days. An irritating cough and catarrh may persist for several weeks or so after other symptoms have gone.
Advice and treatment
- Stay at home to prevent spreading the infection
- Paracetamol and/or Ibuprofen can lower your temperature and ease aches and pains
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Decongestant drops, throat lozenges and saline nasal drops may be helpful to ease nose and throat symptoms – available from your pharmacist
- Try not to smoke
- Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses and are therefore not routinely prescribed for viral illnesses such as flu
When to call your GP
If you are normally well then you are likely to recover fully and not develop complications. If you are concerned, or have any of the following symptoms, call the surgery on 0161 426 9400 or seek medical attention if we are closed.
- Symptoms persisting for more than 2 weeks
- A recurrence of a high temperature (fever)
- Worsening of cough
- Shortness of breath
- Fast breathing
- Chest pain