Do You Have the Flu?
If you've got a runny nose, fever over 102 degrees, cough, sore throat, headaches, and are experiencing fatigue and muscle aches, you could have the flu. Flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, but they generally come on much more quickly and intensely.
Home Remedies for Those Sore Muscles
Body aches are one of the worst parts of having the flu. Ideally, we could get rid of our sore muscles as fast as they showed up. While getting rid of these aches completely is probably unrealistic, you can do certain things to relieve the pain somewhat.
This article goes into detail on how to help soothe your achey body. Here are some ways you can treat your symptoms at home:
- Run a hot bath. According to Dr. Steve Harris, it is safe for an adult with a fever to take a hot shower or bath (or even get into the jacuzzi), unless the person is experiencing a fever over 104 degrees. The hot water will help to eliminate the aches and pains.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication. Medications such as aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve, will help you get through the worst of it. Read the directions on the packages for the recommended dosage and do not exceed them. Sometimes when you over-medicate, it backfires and makes things feel even worse.
- Ask your spouse or a friend to give you a massage on the part of your body that's ailing you. Mentholated cream is a nice addition that will allow your blood to flow freely, and give some heat to soothe the aching. Some people say that massages are a bad idea for people with the flu since they may cause germs to spread more quickly throughout your body than they would have otherwise. However, a short leg, foot, or hand massage will feel great, though it's probably a good idea to stay away from professional full-body massages.
- Lay on your bed or couch with your legs propped up high on a pillow. If you lay down and prop your legs up over your heart, you will allow the blood to flow freely through your legs, minimizing the aches and pains you are feeling.
- Heating pads or heated blankets can help to relieve some of the pain. If you have a couple of heating pads, lay yourself on the couch or a bed and place them wherever the aches are. Same goes for the heating blanket — turn it to a medium heat and crawl underneath and enjoy it. Be careful to not use excessive heat since you could burn yourself.
- If you have a jacuzzi or a hot tub, get in immediately! The heat from the hot tub water will relax all your muscles and make them feel somewhat better. You can stay in for about 20 minutes at a time. Be careful to avoid getting dehydrated, however, since hot tubs can make you sweat without realizing it.
- As above, make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest. Sleep and lie down as much as possible. Your household chores can wait for a little bit until you're feeling better. It's not worth it to prolong your illness.
The flu is a nasty bug that can last anywhere between one to two weeks, and in most cases you will have to bear through it. Good luck!
See a physician immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Dizziness or lethargy
- Hot flashes
- High fever (over 103 degrees) for over 2 days
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive sweating
- Harris, Dr. Steve. "Is a Hot Bath Good for a Fever?" April 24, 2016. Quora. Accessed March 1, 2017.
- "When It's Not a Good Idea to Get a Massage." September 9, 2013. National University of Health Sciences. Accessed March 1, 2017.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Brenda Moore on February 23, 2017:
My body is ach all over one minute I am cold one minute I am hot my bowel is very loose
polly on January 04, 2017:
you need to remember that you need to put an appointment on with your GP 1 to 2 weeks before your illness starts , so the GP will see you when you need them , not a week or 2 after your ill !!!!
Goofy on November 07, 2016:
My leggs hurt i can barley walk
Tia on October 27, 2016:
I think I'm getting the flu my legs are really achy I can hardly stand on them what's the best thing to do
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stacy on September 21, 2016:
I'm sick and my legs hurt so bad to walk on them
Tevin on September 13, 2016:
Thank you. This information was very helpful.
Alex on October 08, 2015:
Can you take a hot shower instead?
Noelle on June 07, 2015:
Hot or cold is bad. Warm is the way to go If you take a cold shower you can increase a fever. The same goes for hot too.
Dr. John on March 08, 2015:
It isn't healthy to raise temperatures than it already is by taking a hot shower or laying in a heated bed. I suggest cold showers.
Nicol on February 05, 2015:
Thanks for the words of incitefulness as I've been sick for a few days now and have been wanting to get into a sauna and spa and sweat it out, I just don't want to pass it onto anybody else, this flu is horrible stuff! Thanks again Jennie.oxoxo
Bill Peak on January 18, 2015:
It is sweet of you to take the time to write about this subject. The information in comforting. Thank you
Lavinna on December 13, 2013:
Actually massage is actually not a good idea. It can spread the virus making it worse. Massage will help muscles feel better but it also pushes blood and lymph around the body, when the body is sick it is trying to cetralize the problem and fight it. Massage just pushes everything around. Heat is ok as long as the fever is not to bad
Michelle on April 27, 2012:
Can I just say that if one has a high fever with their cold/flu it would not be wise to have a hot bath or to jump into a jacuzzi!! This could dangerously raise body temps to potentially fatal levels!