Flu Symptoms
Updated September 16, 2004

Wondering if you have a flu symptom?
by Brian Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of
Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Whether it's flu season or not, you want to know if you're dealing with a cold or flu. The sooner you can identify it, the sooner you can work to stop it in its tracks. Flu's can last a week, or 3 weeks, or you can knock them out in a matter of days with the right herbs.

Each flu symptom can develop rapidly.

  1. At the very beginning, the first flu symptom may be high fever (100 - 104F), chills, severe muscle aches, and severe headache. The headache is most severe in the first 2 days.
  2. Severe dry cough lasts the first 3 days, and chest discomfort may accompany it. Likewise, sore or dry throat can last the first 3 days. Light sensitive eyes and red burning eyes are other flu symptoms.
  3. Runny nose can last 6 to 7 days. Low appetite is another flu symptom that can last the first 7 days.
  4. Severe ill feeling (malaise) is a flu symptom that can last more than a week.
  5. Fatigue is a flu symptom that can last for a number of weeks.
  6. Sometimes you can get a less common flu symptom like nausea, vomiting, or dizziness.

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