Flu Symptoms can start quite suddenly days after the initial infection, this can be from one to two days. The first symptoms are usually the  chills or a chilly sensation, but fever is also common. Fever with a body temperatures ranging from 38-39 °C ( 100-103 °F) is quite common.
Common flu symptoms are:

  • sudden fever
  • dry, chesty cough
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • chills
  • aching muscles
  • limb or joint pain
  • diarrhoea or stomach upset
  • sore throat
  • runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty sleeping

Other symptoms are also sometimes seen by those who already have an underlying illnesses or diseases.

How long will my flu symptoms last?

Your flu symptoms usually peak after about two to three days and you should start to feel much better within five to eight days.

You general tiredness and a cough may last for up to three weeks. If you are worried about your flu symptoms or any other aspect of you general health then please seek advice from your Doctor.

How to relieve flu symptoms

The severity of flu symptoms differ enormously from person to person. Those in high risk groups such as those with underlying medical conditions or older adult can suffer a great deal.

There are many off the shelf medications that will help relieve the symptoms in the form of tablets or oral suspensions. The commonly contain some form of decongestant and pain relief in the form of paracetamol.

These are often branded at “Cold and Flu Relief” medications and do not require a subscription from your GP or Doctor. It’s advisable to seek advise from a pharmacist if you are unsure which flu medication is best for your specific symptoms.

Always remember that you should seek urgent council with your GP or Doctor if required.