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My huaband is very sick with the flu he is coughing, pale, diarrhae, body ache, fever, sweating but freezing and now he is complaining that his lungs hurt-respiratory. He's been taking over the counter meds. I have been cleaning and doing laundry like crazy and using Lysol and clorox wipes. We don't have any health insurance at this time(so please no dont ask us go see a doctor answers).I'm really scared for him. Does anyone have experience with this illness does he have to ride it out or could he have pneumonia? Any nurses on CM? Is the flu different from influenza?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:57 PM on Feb. 25, 2009 in Health

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  • The flu is Influenza, but is all respiratory, vomitting and diahrrea can occur, but its secondary to the virus. Influenza can turn into pneumonia fairly quickly. One way to tell is to put your ears to his back, have him take a deep breath in and out, if you hear a "crackling" type noise, then you will have to find a way to get him to a doctor. As for influenza, rest and fluids is about all you can do and it will run it's course. Motrin every 6-8 hours and tylenol every 4-6 hours alternate, but WATCH the doseage. Best of luck and I hope he feels better soon.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 7:03 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • If his lungs hurt, he might be getting pneumonia. That is life threatening and I wouldn't risk it. Take him to the emergency if it gets worse.

    Flu is short for influenza.

    Also, if you have a health food store nearby or even a vitamin/herb section at a store, you might try getting Echinacea and Goldenseal. Used together as instructed they act like a natural antibiotic.


    Answer by timelessglass at 7:04 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Flu is the same thing as influenza. It is a respiratory disease caused by viruses. Here are the symptoms from the center for disease prevention:
    Fever (usually high)
    Tiredness (can be extreme)
    Sore throat
    Runny or stuffy nose
    Body aches
    Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)
    If his lungs hurt, and if he finds they keep filling up and make it hard to sleep because he has to keep coughing, or it hurts to take a breath, he could be headed for pneumonia. If he possibly can, he maybe should be seen by a doctor. I hope he feels better. You are doing well with the disinfecting. Keep washing your hands is what is suggested, besides all of the steps you are already taking.

    Answer by Bmat at 7:06 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • the 'flu' is just a laymans shortening of Influenza. The symptoms you describe could in fact be influenza. It can be very serious. Infection sometimes leads to pneumonia and even death in certain people. I'm not saying that to scare you. Go to They have lots of suggestions for over the counter meds, non medical alternatives. If he begins to rapidly get worse take him to an emergency room.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 7:07 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • I know you mentioned over the counter stuff, but did you try Mucinex? You can get it cheaper by buying it (Guifeneson) and asking the pharmacist how much he would have to take to get to Mucinex strength. We are dealing with the flu also. Good luck.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 7:10 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  •  OP~timelessglass~ can the echinacea and goldenseal be taken for pneumonia and what if he is taking NyQuil and Ibuprofen?

    THANK YOU EVERYONE~For your responses



    Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Is he making urine several times a day? Is the urine clear and yellow? If not vomiting, and just diarrhea give him the brat diet wtih yougurt too. (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast). If vomiting and making no urine then you really need the ER and IV fluids. I know you have no ins but kidney failure can follow if he has no urine in 8 hours or so. If only nausea and no vomiting, then you can try an ounce of clear liqs every 30 mins and increase as tolerated. Vomiting and diarrhea can be dangerous. Hope he gets well soon.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:59 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Take his temp as well, if he has a temp he could have pneumonia. It can also be pneumonia w/ out a temp. Is he able to cough anything up? Yellow and green mucus is bad. Clear is not so bad.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:01 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

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