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Diagnosed with viral flu. Symptoms are bouts of shivering, no appetite, headache and pains. Suggest?

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I have been diagnosed with viral flu. My symptoms are violent bouts of shivering .Constantly hot & cold. No appetite. Headache & aches & pains I have no sneezing or coughing
Posted Sun, 4 Aug 2013 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
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The symptoms you have are due to a benign type of viral syndrome. Viruses in the environment are common and when we are exposed to them they can sometimes trigger a constellation of symptoms.

These types of viral syndromes typically last from as little as 3 days up to sometimes 4 to 6 weeks. I would advise that you support your body with good hydration, adequate sleep, a well-balanced diet and a moderate exercise regimen. Exercise is actually good for the immune system which is why I suggest it here. In addition you can supplement your diet with some Vitamin C - 1000 mg daily and consider drinking some immune boost type of tea such as Echinacea which is readily available at most supermarkets.

I expect your symptoms to gradually level off and improve over the next week or two. In the event that this does not occur, I suggest you visit with your primary physician for a complete physical exam and possibly some blood work as well. In the meantime, try not to worry about this and focus on maintaining good health as I have recommended with diet, fluid intake and exercise as well as adequate sleep (7-9 hours per night). You can also start with acetaminophen double strength after meals every 8 hourly for symptomatic relief.

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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