Various viruses cause the respiratory infection of influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, which enter your body through your nose or mouth from the air.
Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly, and are much worse than those of the common cold, including:
The flu differs from the common cold by way of fever, headache or extreme exhaustion, which are not common cold symptoms. Another difference is that flu outbreaks suddenly, spreading through your community in its creation of an epidemic.
For relief, try OTC medications that help minimize your discomfort associated with your flu symptoms. Also, drink plenty of fluids, eat to satisfy your hunger and drink hot fluids to help ease your cough and sore throat.
The flu can be serious, even deadly, for elderly people, newborn babies and people with certain chronic illnesses. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination.
Getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food are other key influenza prevention measures.