Experiencing flu symptoms for over a week, how long this will last?

I have been experiencing flu symptoms for over a week and am concerned about how long this will last. I have missed 7 days of work. First 4 days I spent in bed with chills, congestion, head and body aches, cough, not eating. Then for about 3 days continued congestion, productive cough, chills/sweats. Still very sick but not as sick as the first 4 days. I now feel worse again past 2 days and this morning. Cough worse, headache, chest congestion, and fatigue today. No difficulty breathing. I have not been in to see my physician. Clinic is overloaded and i have no insurance. We are treating with rest, fluids and cold/cough medicine. Initially was told duration could be 1-2 weeks. Wondering what to expect next!! Because I’m not getting better, I’m getting worse.

Age: 62
Medications: None
General Information: OCT allergy meds

5 Comments on “Experiencing flu symptoms for over a week, how long this will last?

  1. Hi..
    Thanks for the query.

    Flu symptoms can last for about 1-2 weeks with the severe symptoms lasting for not more than a week..
    You can continue to treat it with cold medicine, do steam inhalation, saline nasal irrigation and drink plenty of warm fluids .
    Take sufficient rest..
    Avoid spicy and chilled foods..
    Take Vitamin C supplement daily as it boosts immunity..

    Hope this helps..

  2. Should I be concerned that I am feeling worse now when I began to feel slightly better for several days?

  3. Not yet, wait a few days. Consult if situation gets worse.

  4. Hello, flu symptoms especially cough does persist upto 1-2 weeks Post Febrile episode. If you don’t have fever anymore then don’t worry please take steam inhalation twice a day. Diet rich in vitamin C or even vitamin C supplements would help you. But if you have fever still you need to start taking antibiotics at least for a period of 3-5 days. Take good rest and have plenty of water.But if you devolop any breathing difficulties then you may need to visit the emergency.

  5. Hi.Flu symptoms usually get better within 1-2 weeks.You are already doing your best.Continue with the same.Get a complete blood count and Xray chest done.That will help in ruling out any other pathology.Take nutritious diet rich in vitamin A and C.Take warm liquids.If congestion is more please ask doctor about need of nebulization.Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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