How long does the flu last ? Louisiana, Life Care

How long does the flu last ? Louisiana Life Care. Most people with the flu feel better after a week or sometimes two. Duration of flu depends upon the complications one develops.

Common cold and flu though are inter changeable but flu is more worse then common cold.

In today’s article we will discuss about how long does a flu last, common symptoms, it’s complications and what are the home solutions for it and when you should visit a doctor, So let’s start.

how long does flu lasts

What is flu ? Why i suffer from it ?

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B virus.

In winter and early spring it frequently appears most. It can enter in our body by upper respiratory tract or lower.

But you should always keep in your mind that common cold and flu are different though both have same symptoms, a cold may drag you down a bit, but flu can make you shudder.

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Cold and flu both are very common BUT both have different onset, severity and duration.

What are the stage’s of cold ? How long does the flu last ? Louisiana, Life Care

It differs from person to person BUT in most of peoples it lasts for a week or more.


On very first day there will be few symptoms such as running nose or sore throat and on fourth day it’s on its peak with all the symptoms together and after that it starts tapping off and by seventh day you will feel most relaxed.

Please note that if your symptoms persists more than two week, then something else is going on and we strongly recommend you to visit a doctor.

“Fever is an important sign,” says Norman Edelman, MD, a professor of preventive medicine, internal medicine, and physiology and biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Long Island.

Adults with a fever of 102 F or higher and children with a fever of 103 F or higher should see a doctor.

Stages of flu –

How long does the flu last ? Louisiana Life Care

how long does flu lasts

It starts one to four days from infection.

But the first sign of flu mostly is fever and chill, accompanied by headache, sore throat, weakness etc.

Do you know that both cold and flu are highly contagious.

You should wash your hands properly, eat n sleep well and don’t go out, stay home.

Most common symptoms –

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  • High fever
  • chills
  • Headache
  • Weakness and extreme exhaustion
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • vomiting
  • congestion
  • periodic attack of fever

Tips to ease symptoms –

Stay home and get plenty of rest.

Avoid going out for work, school or anywhere because it may spread it to others also.

Drink plenty of fluids. If you are vomiting then try ORS ( oral rehydrating solution ) or any elctrolyte solution.

Treats aches and fever.

Take care of cough.

Sit in a steamy bathroom.

Run the humidifier.

Use OTC ( over the counter ) medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

What if your flu didn’t go away and become persisted ? How long does the flu last ? Louisiana Life Care

If your flu persists for too long then it may develops many other symptoms and complications and sometimes it may be emergency situation too.

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Purple or blue discoloration of lips.
  • High fever
  • Sudden dizziness
  • fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry cough
  • Loss of smell sensation

When to see a doctor ?


How long does the flu last ? Louisiana Life Care

You should try to see a doctor within 24 to 48 hours after developing the symptoms of flu because this is the most effective time for antiviral treatment.

You should re visit your doctor if symptoms persists more than two weeks or if you feel recurrent fever attacks.

How long does the flu last ? Louisiana, Life Care

Worst complications and need of emergency treatment.

How long does the flu last ? Louisiana Life Care

  • Labored or difficult to breath.
  • Shortness of breath
  • If a child develops fever more than 104″f
  • If a baby under the age of 12 weeks develops fever
  • Developing severe symptoms at a time.

Drugs approved by FDA –

There are four FDA Approved Antiviral drugs recommended by CDC to treat flu this season.

  • Oseltamivir phosphate (trade name tamiflu)
  • Zenamivir (Trade name Relenza)
  • Peramivir (trade name Rapivab)
  • Baloxavir marboxil (trade name Xofluza)
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