Q. Can runny nose and body pain mean influenza?

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 10, 2018

Hello doctor,

My head hurts. I have got a bad runny nose, my whole body hurts, and feel very sick. Is this bad?



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Your symptoms are quite consistent with influenza or the common cold. If you do not have a fever yet, you will be coming down with it soon. It is viral so it will run its course. Over the counter, Paracetamol will help with the fever and body ache. Do not take any other painkillers like Aspirin, Ibuprofen or any other NSAIDs at all. For now just stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. You will begin to feel better in two days. However, if symptoms worsen or if you develop a yellow-green nasal discharge or a cough or if symptoms do not improve in a few days, you may need prescription antibiotics. But for now, just Paracetamol and fluids and plenty of rest.

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