Flu Symptoms Directory
Flu comes on suddenly. Symptoms vary. They may include fever, muscle aches, or weakness. Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. Doctors prescribe resting at home, drinking fluids, and avoiding contact with others. Pain medication like acetaminophen ease body aches. Antivirals like oseltamivir (Tamiflu) lessen the length of the illness if taken when symptoms begin. Shortness of breath or chest pain indicate complications and require immediate medical attention. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes flu symptoms, what symptoms look like, how to treat them, and much more.
How to Know When You Have the Flu
Learn more from WebMD about flu symptoms and a variety of flu treatments, including over-the-counter medicine, antivirals, alternative medicine, herbs, dietary supplements and acupuncture.
How Long Is the Flu Contagious?
The flu is contagious. Here’s what you need to know to help stop the spread.
How to Treat the Seasonal Flu
A closer look at flu treatments and remedies, from over-the-counter drugs and antivirals to vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements.
Flu Treatment With Antibiotics
WebMD explains why you shouldn't take antibiotics for a flu.
Prescription Drugs for Heartburn and Reflux
WebMD explains the prescription drugs used to treat heartburn and acid reflux or GERD.
Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever? The Truth Behind Mom's Cold and Flu Advice
Mom has a lot of advice when it comes to cold and flu. Here's what she's right about.
Pepper and Soap Trick Teaches Kids to Wash Hands
A pre-K teacher in Miami found a unique way to help her students learn about the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
Teach Children About the Flu
If your kiddo has the flu, teach them how not to spread it and help them feel better.
A Physician’s Experience Contracting COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Sharon Amaya, wasn’t on the front lines when she began to experience the telltale signs of COVID-19, but she explains how her role as an emergency medicine physician informs how she approaches this virus, from quarantining early on to recovery.
Heart Disease and COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Mitchell Elkind, speaks with WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte on what people with heart disease need to know.
COVID-19 Video on What Not to Do
Should you visit your doctor if you experience coronavirus symptoms? What about wearing masks? Here are a few constructive approaches to get through this pandemic.
What Is a 'Silent Spreader'?
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Coronavirus in Context: How Hospitals Will Prepare for Surge of COVID-19 Cases
WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, speaks with the President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System
Wouldn’t it be nice if eating a particular food could magically protect you against all the nasty bugs floating around? (Even better, if ...
Coronavirus Fears When You Have Diabetes
A couple of nights ago, I did what every scientific expert on COVID-19 virus has warned against: I panicked. After a day spent reading ...