What are flu-like characteristics?

Flu-like symptoms are a group of symptoms that are generally due to infection or inflammation in the body. There are a variety of flu-like symptoms that include:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle soreness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Stiffness

    You may experience all or some of these symptoms, and you can have flu-like symptoms with or without a fever. A fever is considered an oral temperature of 99.5 degrees or higher in a child and higher than 99.0 to 99.5 degrees in an adult.

    Flu-like symptoms can be associated not only with influenza (flu), but with other infections, recent immunization, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other condtions, including serious or life-threatening infections. If your flu-like symptoms or fever last for more than 48 hours or cause you concern, seek prompt medical care. Fever in infants and very young children can quickly become serious, so you should seek prompt medical care if your baby or toddler develops a fever.

    Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have flu-like symptoms that occur with difficulty breathing, stiff neck, seizure, confusion, or a change in alertness.


    What other symptoms might occur with flu-like symptoms?

    Flu-like symptoms may occur with other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Flu-like symptoms usually indicate an infection or inflammation in the body, which can cause additional symptoms, such as:


    What causes flu-like symptoms?

    Many types of infections, inflammatory disorders, and other conditions can cause flu-like symptoms. Common infections include flu (influenza), pneumonia, appendicitis, and urinary tract infections. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue conditions can include flu-like symptoms. There are many possi... Read more about flu-like symptomscauses

    Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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