Ask Dr. Jen Tan

Flu symptoms

What are the symptoms of flu, how long do they last and when should I see a doctor?

Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against the symptoms of cold and flu. Supplements like Echinaforce help increase the body’s resistance to infection by strengthening the immune system, allowing the body to fight the misery of colds and flu.

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  • Anne Coupland's photo avatar
    Anne Coupland — 02.09.2017 03:10
    My husband has been diagnosed with the flu he has a fever, chesty cough, sore throat, achy joints but we have heard of weils disease. He went water skiing the weekend before last, in a like, he's a mtor mecanic so his hands are cut or scratched. Could he be infected by bacteria from the lake?

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      Jen Tan — 03.09.2017 15:10
      I can understand your concerns. Some symptoms of Weil's disease can be similar to that of flu. Blood tests can help differentiate the two conditions and if your husband is not recovering, or if you are still concerned in any way, you should raise this question at his next appointment.

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    Tina — 24.08.2017 20:51
    I have been sick last 4 days fever, body aches, swollen glands, sore throat , chesty cough and night sweats. I have been drinking lemon honey ginger hot water, taking extra vitamin C and zinc drops. I have been sleeping 2 to 3 hours during the day and 10 hours each night is this normal? I usually only sleep 6 to 7 hours.

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      Jen Tan — 25.08.2017 09:46
      Hello Tina. I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell with flu. Any severe viral infection will put stress on your body giving rise to tiredness and lethargy. It does not surprise me that you are requiring more sleep - it is your body's way of conserving resources to help your recovery. I wonder if you have been using Echinacea - if not, perhaps you might consider this as there is a lot of clinical evidence to show that it helps recovery from acute viral infections. We would recommend the use of a combination of Echinacea and Elderberry, available as a hot drink. This link may be of help to you www.avogel.co.uk/herbal-remedies/echinacea-echinaforce/hot-drink/

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      Tina — 25.08.2017 12:15
      Thank you for your advice. It's great to hear it's normal to be this tired. I have started taking echinachea but will look into the tea as that sounds like a more palatable option ☺

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    Jacqui — 23.08.2017 10:09
    Last night I felt dreadful,every joint hurt .I had a temp but don't know how high.sweating ,sore throat etc,all the usual.im out of "sorts" today.i happened to be going for a !blood test so I asked the blood lady. She says it could be one of the virus linked to the flu. How can I feel better ?

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      Jen Tan — 23.08.2017 13:23
      Hello Jacqui. Yes, it does sound like you have an acute viral infection. Echinacea will help speed up your recovery and it is available as a hot drink in combination with Elderberry. In addition, make sure that you drink plenty of water as dehydration will make you feel worse. Hope you feel better soon.

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