COLD How long does the flu usually last?

The flu can really wreak havoc on you, knocking you down and keeping you bedridden. The best way to prevent it is by getting a flu shot every year. But what if you do catch it? How long does the flu last? What are the signs and symptoms of the flu that you can expect? Get all your answers here.


What is influenza, also known as the flu?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can range from mild to severe. When people are sick with the flu, they often experience some (or even all) of these flu symptoms:

Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
Sore throat
Stuffy or runny nose
Muscle or body aches

For the worst cold and flu symptoms, there are AXIM DayTime and AXIM NightTime.

How is the flu spread?

Experts believe that the flu is usually spread through droplets that are created when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk, specifically when these droplets land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. Sometimes (though less frequently), a person can get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

How long does the flu last?

Despite how tough the flu can be, the good news is that most people feel much better in one to two weeks.

Most healthy adults become contagious the day before symptoms develop (making it harder to prevent spread). They remain infectious for five to seven days after symptoms appear. However, children and people with weakened immune systems may be contagious for an even longer period.


How can I relieve flu symptoms?

Here are some things you can do to feel better during your recovery:

Get plenty of rest: Your immune system needs plenty of sleep to recover.
Treat your cough to help you rest more easily: There are some excellent cough remedies you can try.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Take over-the-counter medication. While AXIM products cannot cure the flu, they can help you feel better. If you have a sore throat, runny nose, mild discomfort and aches, headache, fever, or cough, try relieving flu symptoms that you need both during the day and at night. And for the worst cold and flu symptoms, there are AXIM DayTime and AXIM NightTime.

However, you should consult your doctor if you experience any of the following:

If your temperature reaches 103°F or higher.
If you have had a fever for more than three days.
If your fever is accompanied by a severe headache, severe throat swelling, an unusual rash, mental confusion, persistent vomiting, or any other unusual symptom.
Also, talk to your doctor before giving over-the-counter cold medicines to your child, as some medications contain ingredients that are not recommended for children. Always read medication labels carefully before administering them.