Sore Throat and Diarrhea Could Mean the Flu
Sore throat and diarrhea are two very different symptoms that could be a sign of a very common illnesses in the United States – influenza.
Influenza, or “the flu,” is an infectious disease that typically occurs in the fall and winter and is caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms of the flu may include sore throat and diarrhea, along with:
- High fever
- Muscle Aches
- and more…
If you are experiencing sore throat and diarrhea, along with any of these symptoms, you could have the flu. A trip to your local FastMed could be in order. We provide you with a quick test that can determine if you have the flu in just 10 minutes and treatment to have you feeling better in no time.
If you don’t think you have the flu but your sore throat and diarrhea persist for more than a few days, you should still visit FastMed to rule out other possibilities. Although influenza is the most common cause of sore throat and diarrhea together, there are a large number of other conditions that could be to blame, like:
- Bacterial diseases – Bacteria can get into our bodies in many different ways, including inhalation into the nose and lungs, through food, or from sexual contact. Different types of bacterial diseases can cause very different symptoms, including sore throat and diarrhea.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Chronic fatigue syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that causes severe fatigue as well as a variety of other symptoms, like sore throat, diarrhea, joint and muscle aches, tender lymph nodes, and more.
- Food allergies – Food allergies can cause respiratory symptoms like sore throat and shortness of breath in addition to other symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
- Ebola – Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe disease that was largely limited to Africa until the first case was diagnosed in the United States in 2014. Ebola can cause symptoms such as high fever, sore throat, diarrhea, chest pain, and can even cause death.
For more questions about symptoms like sore throat and diarrhea, check out our online health resources center.