Most parents are familiar with the signs that their child has the flu.
Most often, the sick person has a fever. Aches, chills, fatigue. Maybe a sore throat or cough.
But did you know flu is sneaky and can show up as hives, too?
Brodi Willard, a mom and registered nurse in Nebraska, found that out in January when her son developed an itchy skin rash. She tried at-home remedies but couldn’t get the hives to stop spreading. She took her son into the pediatrician’s office where he tested positive for influenza.
She was shocked because her son didn't have any of the usual symptoms. No fever, cough or runny nose, she said in a now-viral post.
Hives are not a common sign of the flu – they’re not listed among the normal symptoms on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu website.
But, the flu is fickle. For example, not everyone who gets it will develop a fever.