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Fatigue and flu

An intense feeling of exhaustion is common when suffering from flu

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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    Steven — 23.09.2017 05:47
    I caught the flu rather suddenly and was hospitalised briefly on a drip and that was 16 days ago . I was diagnosed with chest infection and finished the antibiotics 2 days ago and all cleared according to my doctor I feel good other then fatigue I asked my doctor how long can I get back to exercising he said take another two weeks then see me and I'll tell you Is it normal to still feel fatigue 3 or more weeks after recovery

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      Jen Tan — 23.09.2017 10:35
      Hello Steven. The tiredness or fatigue you are describing does not surprise me. This will gradually disappear. Taking short walks each day can help improve fitness but your doctor is correct in that for the moment, you should not go back to anything one might call exercise.

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    Janet — 06.06.2017 03:12
    I had been working out at a gym for a month and now have this flu/cold/exhaustion mix for 5 days. If my white blood cells are fighting this instead of keeping my muscles strong, when can I go back to muscle-strengthening exercises? I was feeling so good. Can I rely on my feelings; that is, when I feel not too exhausted to go, will it be okay to start again slowly?

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    Rhonda — 20.04.2017 20:31
    It's been 14 days since being diagnosed with the flu. During that time, my son was ill and I was back and forth to pediatrician for 3 days. I went back to work this week. My cough has gotten better but now when I cough, I cough up thick plhegm. I'm also feeling fatigued all over again. Is this normal?

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      Jen Tan — 21.04.2017 10:25
      Fatigue and other symptoms can come and go as you recover from the infection. However, if symptoms do not improve or worsen, you might have developed a bacterial infection and if this is the case, you will need to go to your doctor. As much as we would like to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, they are sometimes necessary and useful.

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