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can you have relapses with seasonal 'flu?

(8 Posts)
ClickyPenguin Tue 18-Nov-14 19:11:02

I had flu getting on for four weeks ago - no official diagnosis but temp/chills/aches and pains/cough/fatigue so pretty sure that's what it was. I thought I'd recovered, apart from the cough, but now my temperature's up again and the cough's got worse. It seems too much of a coincidence that I could have got something else so soon. Do relapses happen with flu? I went back to work after a week, coughing away, would I have been.infectious?

Musicaltheatremum Wed 19-Nov-14 17:14:35

You have probably picked up something else as you are under the weather from the previous infection. If cough getting worse see GP just in case chest infection secondary to the flu.

WowOoo Wed 19-Nov-14 18:44:23

I've just recovered and I am assuming I've caught something else rather than a relapse.
It doesn't help that I was probably quite run down. Perhaps that's why I got ill so quickly again.
I'm not sure if you'd have been infectious, but you would have been spreading germs. I had to go to work coughing away to. Horrible!

I've been taking loads of vitamins to try to get rid of this second cold. Hope you get better soon!

helzapoppin2 Wed 19-Nov-14 19:22:06

DH had a horrible cold, followed by a chest infection. The doctor gave him antibiotics. Getting better now. Maybe a trip to the GP is in order?

doubleaaa Thu 20-Nov-14 14:52:42

Agree with Musicaltheatremum. When your immune system is low, you are more likely to pick up something else. And if you havent fully recovered from the flu, it can mutate and if your body cant fight it off properly it will come back.

To get over any illness, you need to build up your immune system and avoid weakening it. Ive heard on another forum that someone went to the doctors to request a flu vaccine when she had the flu. Then she wondered why it got worse. Normal people will try to avoid germs and heavy metals, when they feel down, not insult it a bit more. Besides the CDC has even reported the flu shot doesnt work. And it has been reported on mainstream media recently that it is really a marketing gimmick.

To boost your immune system you need to take a high amount of vitamin C and D. Drink lots of water and rest. Take ginger to keep your body warm and that will help your gut. As 80% of your immune system is from your gut, its sensible to take care of that. Eat easy digestable foods, organic, free from pestercides and other chemicals. etc.... Below is an article you will find more ways.

FastWindow Thu 20-Nov-14 17:13:08

I've been off for two weeks with a cough that won't quit and diagnosed chest and ear infection. I've gone deaf for a week... And had all the aches etc. I think it's just the mild weather making it hard to recover quickly - I've been told it isn't flu but it's as close as makes no difference to me, I have zero energy and as mentioned... Two weeks off work. Ridiculous - never been so long in recovering.

Doc gave me a very strong antibiotic but I'm on day four and I would say only a 20% improvement...

Phoenixfrights Thu 20-Nov-14 22:17:02

Drs I reckon. Sounds like another infection. Poor you sad

Ummmmm, not sure what that statement above is all about re.the flu vaccination not working. Sorry but that is a complete load of woo nonsense.

dontmixthecolours Thu 20-Nov-14 22:22:15

I'm in exactly the same position. Been in bed all week, I had a chest infection/flu thing 4 weeks ago. Was better for a week and then it started all over again on Saturday. It's awful

Hope you feel better soon OP

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