This mom shared a flu symptom that you probably don’t know about, but should

This time of year, there’s one illness on everyone’s mind: the flu. And since flu season is particularly bad this year, this is definitely the case in 2018. By now we all know the signs of flu to look out for, like fever, headache, cough, and stomachache. But one mom says there may be another, more unusual flu symptom.

Brodi Willard, a nurse in Blair, Nebraska, posted on Facebook on January 26th, warning others that there could be one more flu symptom to be on the watch for. In her post, Willard revealed that her 6-year-old son had come home from school the previous day with hives on his arm. When the rash didn’t go away, Willard called her pediatrician, who said that two children with similar rashes had tested positive for influenza that morning.

Willard took her son to the doctor’s office the next morning. Sure enough, he tested positive for Influenza B, despite not showing typical signs of the virus.

"He has had NO symptoms," Willard wrote in her post. "No fever, no cough, and no runny nose. He only has hives. Please keep watch on your children so if they develop hives, please call your pediatrician. I have never heard of this symptom but it is obviously something to be on the lookout for."

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hives can be caused by several different kinds of infections, including viruses like the cold or flu. However, there are many reasons people break out in hives, and the most common cause is an allergic reaction.

Hives aren’t always a sign of the flu, but Willard’s story shows that the symptoms of the virus sometimes aren’t what we expect them to be. If you break out in a rash or experience any other symptoms, see your doctor for a diagnosis. But luckily, it’s not too late to get a flu shot, and there are other ways you can protect yourself from the virus. Stay healthy, everyone!

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