Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

What are some warning signs that the flu is becoming more serious?

In general, flu symptoms aren’t fun, but if they start getting too bad, it’s time to see your doctor to determine what to do next, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

The following flu symptoms could be a sign that your sickness is getting worse than a typical flu, according to the AAFP:

  • Being disoriented
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Fainting or feeling faint
  • Fever about 102 for a prolonged time that is combines with achiness and fatigue
  • Neck and jaw glands that are very swollen
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe sinus pain or the face and forehead
  • Symptoms getting worse instead of better or lasting more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, including shortness of breath

For more information about how to tell if the flu is getting worse instead of better, talk with your physician.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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