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What helps joint pain from flu?

Last Updated: 18th January, 2020

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Here are some easy ways to comfort your aching joints –and sore muscles–when suffering from the flu: Use a heating pad or soak in a warm bath. Drink as many clear fluids as possible to keep joints lubricated, and the body hydrated, especially if vomiting frequently.

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Besides, what helps with body aches from the flu?

Chills may also accompany body aches. The flu may cause chills even before a fever develops. Wrapping yourself in a warm blanket can increase your body temperature and reduce chills. If you have body aches, you can take over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

Secondly, how long do body aches last with flu? Symptoms usually appear from one to four days after exposure to the virus, and they last five to seven days. For people who've had a flu shot, the symptoms may last a shorter amount of time, or be less severe. For other people, the symptoms may last longer. Even when symptoms resolve, you may continue to feel fatigued.

Moreover, why do joints ache with flu?

Your immune system, not the virus, causes muscle aches and joint pain. During the immune response, white blood cells produce glycoproteins called interleukins. These interleukins cause the symptoms associated with colds, flu, and other bacterial or viral infections.

Can a virus cause joint pain?

In these cases, a viral infection leads to joint pain and swelling. For example, parvovirus B19, known for causing fifth disease (erythema infectiosum), sometimes causes swollen, painful joints and anemia. Other examples of viruses that can cause viral arthritis include enterovirus, rubella, HIV, and hepatitis B and C.

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Betsaida Tamanin

Professional

Why does your whole body hurt when you have the flu?

Infections and viruses
The flu, the common cold, and other viral or bacterial infections can cause body aches. When such infections occur, the immune system sends white blood cells to fight off the infection. This can result in inflammation, which can leave the muscles in the body feeling achy and stiff.

Sonali Villasol

Professional

What are the stages of flu?

A bout of the flu typically follows this pattern: Days 1–3: Sudden appearance of fever, headache, muscle pain and weakness, dry cough, sore throat and sometimes a stuffy nose. Day 4: Fever and muscle aches decrease. Hoarse, dry or sore throat, cough and possible mild chest discomfort become more noticeable.

Gabrielle Geweke

Professional

What should u eat when u have the flu?

Consider eating the following foods when you have the flu.
  • Broth. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or vegetable, broth is one of the best things you can eat when you have the flu.
  • Chicken soup.
  • Garlic.
  • Yogurt.
  • Vitamin C–containing fruits.
  • Leafy greens.
  • Broccoli.
  • Oatmeal.

Luscinda Mihalchenko

Explainer

Why is my body aching all over?

Body aches are a common symptom of many conditions. The flu is one of the most well-known conditions that can cause body aches. Aches can also be caused by your everyday life, especially if you stand, walk, or exercise for long periods of time. Keep reading to learn more about what may be causing your symptoms.

Elisea Baillo

Explainer

Why is my whole body aching?

The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries. Systemic muscle painpain throughout your whole body — is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication.

Todorova Cruceira

Explainer

How can I get rid of the flu fast without medicine?

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  1. Drink plenty of fluids. You need lots of liquids when you have a fever.
  2. Breathe hot air. Hang out in a steamy shower or cover your head with a towel and hold it over a sinkful of hot water to ease dry throats and nasal passages.
  3. Don't take antibiotics .
  4. Eat healthy.
  5. Don't smoke.
  6. Keep the flu to yourself.

Britany Veramendi

Pundit

How long am I contagious with the flu?

If you have the flu, you'll be contagious one day before developing symptoms and up to five to seven days after becoming ill. Younger children or people with a weakened immune system may be contagious for longer. The influenza virus can also survive on surfaces, such as doorknobs and tables, for up to 24 hours.

Nuala Monistrol

Pundit

What are home remedies for body aches?

Natural Remedies For Body Aches and Pains
  1. Epsom Salt Soak. A classic remedy for sore muscles and joints is to take a relaxing bath with Epsom Salts.
  2. Hot and Cold Packs.
  3. Getting Enough Movement & Exercise.
  4. Collagen & Other Natural Supplements.
  5. Neurologically-Based Chiropractic Care.

Heidrun Hutwalker

Pundit

Is joint pain a symptom of the flu?

Most people run a fever, and high temperatures in the 103 F to 104 F range are common. Nearly everyone has a runny nose and sore throat, but unlike ordinary colds, the flu also produces a hacking, dry cough. Muscle and joint aches can be severe. Headache, burning eyes, weakness, and extreme fatigue add to the misery.

Marton Roselius

Pundit

Is there a virus that attacks the joints?

Viruses, such as HIV, parvoviruses, and those that cause rubella, mumps, and hepatitis B and hepatitis C, can infect joints in people of any age. There are many risk factors for infectious arthritis. Most children who develop infectious arthritis do not have identified risk factors.

Sami Wasson

Pundit

How do you stop body aches?

Easing muscle aches at home
  1. resting the area of the body where you're experiencing aches and pains.
  2. taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil)
  3. applying ice to the affected area to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Earline Zumloh

Teacher

What does a flu headache feel like?

Headache: A flu headache is usually severe and tends to spread over the forehead and behind the eyes. It may be accompanied by additional eye symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, redness, tearing, and a burning sensation. Chills: Fever can lead to shaking and a feeling of coldness.

Cherise Rouby

Teacher

What helps a flu headache?

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  1. Try a warm compress. On the forehead and nose, a warm cloth is a great way to relieve headache or sinus pain.
  2. Be a sucker. Cough drops, throat lozenges, and hard candy can be surprisingly effective at easing a cough or sore throat.
  3. Swish and spit.
  4. Try nasal irrigation.
  5. Line up a caregiver.

Orbelinda Ogarrio

Teacher

Does the flu cause leg pain?

When infectious myositis is caused by the flu, symptoms include not only muscle aches and muscle weakness, but also high fever, chills, sore throat, cough, fatigue and runny nose. Skin over the muscle may be red and hot. Benign acute myositis. A child suddenly has trouble walking and complains of severe leg pain.

Eudelia Bruckler

Teacher

How do you know if you have a virus in your body?

Often, a person will experience symptoms that may include a runny nose, coughing, nausea, fatigue, and body aches. While not every person experiences a fever when they have a virus, a fever can be a sign that the body is trying to fight off the infection.

Salvacion Remyannikov

Reviewer

What can I take for body aches?

Some good choices for pain relief are acetaminophen or NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen. Both acetaminophen and NSAIDs can lower your fever and ease muscle aches. Some people find that one medicine works better for them than another.

Jeana Bolckow

Reviewer

Is it the flu or a virus?

The flu is a viral infection caused by the influenza virus, a respiratory virus. The common cold is also a viral infection caused by the adenovirus or coronavirus and there are many, many subsets with a lot of variability. Colds tend to produce runny nose, congestion, sore throat.

Xueli Wiesendahl

Reviewer

Can you get a relapse of the flu?

Not so with influenza. Influenza is notorious for episodes of relapse and this is most often due to rushing back to work, school, or, usual daily activities. The way to avoid this is to accept that for a time, maybe 3-7 days after you have begun to recover, you will need to shorten your daily activities.

Telmo Johring

Reviewer

How long should you stay home with the flu?

Stay at home while you have the flu, and for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Once your fever is gone for a day, you're no longer contagious and can return to work or school. Also, you will recover more quickly if you get some rest.