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How does the flu cause a productive cough?

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A cough coupled with body aches could be a sign of a more serious illness. The flu, caused by the influenza virus, can have symptoms similar to a cold. But you'll usually feel a lot worse when you have the flu. You could have:

Treatment may include drugs that will go to work on the virus. Over-the-counter medicine can ease many of your symptoms. Check in with your doctor if your cough or fever gets worse after it gets better. Call them right away if you have a hard time breathing.

The best way to prevent the flu is with a yearly vaccine. Most people who are at least 6 months old can get one. Vaccines are more vital if you have another health condition or if you're 65 or older. That's because you're more likely to get really sick from infections like the flu.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Serious tiredness

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Cracking the cough code,” “Treatments for post-nasal drip.” 

Cleveland Clinic: “How Doctors Crack the Code for Your Chronic Cough,” “Postnasal Drip, Can It Make Your Queasy?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Cough,” “Pneumonia,” “COPD,” “Cystic Fibrosis,” “Bronchiectasis.”

CDC: “CDC Features: Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others,” “Influenza (Flu): Treatment; Who Needs a Flu Vaccine & When,” “Antibiotic Prescribing and Use in Doctor’s Offices: Chest Cold (Acute Bronchitis),” “Pneumonia: Vaccines help Prevent Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “What Is Post-Nasal Drip?”

International Journal of Otolaryngology : “Chronic Cough, Reflux, Postnasal Drip Syndrome, and the Otolaryngologist.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on April 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Cracking the cough code,” “Treatments for post-nasal drip.” 

Cleveland Clinic: “How Doctors Crack the Code for Your Chronic Cough,” “Postnasal Drip, Can It Make Your Queasy?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Cough,” “Pneumonia,” “COPD,” “Cystic Fibrosis,” “Bronchiectasis.”

CDC: “CDC Features: Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others,” “Influenza (Flu): Treatment; Who Needs a Flu Vaccine & When,” “Antibiotic Prescribing and Use in Doctor’s Offices: Chest Cold (Acute Bronchitis),” “Pneumonia: Vaccines help Prevent Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “What Is Post-Nasal Drip?”

International Journal of Otolaryngology : “Chronic Cough, Reflux, Postnasal Drip Syndrome, and the Otolaryngologist.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on April 17, 2020

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