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Suffering from flu, having cough, fever, body pain, chills, headache. Taking advil. Treatment options?

My husband and I both had the flu- coughing,fever, body aches, chills,etc.this past week. I am ok now, but he has a very bad headache and sharp pains (intermittent) on his sides. (about halfway down each side). Advil cold and sinus helps his head for a bit but it comes back as drugs wear off. He is still coughing (non productive) quite a bit but no fever now. He has had shingles before and says the side pain almost feels like that pain, very sharp but not constant. Any suggestions?
Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear...
All these symptoms suggest that your husband might be suffering from upper respiratory tract infection(most probably viral infection)

The management consists of:
1. Drinking of warm fluids to reduce throat pain
2. Antihistamines to provide symptomatic relief from cold & cough.
3. Anti tussive syrup to take care of the cough.
4. Analgesics to take care of pain & fever. will be better to consult your GP & start treatment.
Investigation like complete blood count & X ray of paranasal sinus will be helpful in clinching the diagnosis.

Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Thanks & take care.
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