10 Malaise Symptoms

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Everyone gets the feeling that something just isn't right from time to time, and it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what's going on with the body or mind. A person may feel discomfort, weakness and generally unwell. That feeling is called malaise, and it usually indicates the body is starting the process of fighting an illness.

It's not unusual to have malaise and then come down with a cold or flu a few days later. Being attuned to the body is a good way to be proactive against illness, and paying attention to malaise may help shorten the illness or recovery time.

Feeling Unwell

When the body detects a foreign microbe that's dangerous, the immune system immediately responds by identifying and attacking the intruder. Malaise usually appears alongside a cold or flu. Not feeling well is a symptom of malaise and indicates that something isn't right inside the body.

With a regular cold, symptoms start to appear a few days after exposure. When exposed to a flu-like illness, symptoms can appear sooner. The normal course of a cold or flu-like illness is seven to 10 days, depending on the type. Malaise can continue throughout the illness period.1Eccles, Ron. ‘Understanding the symptoms of the common cold and influenza.’ The Lancet. Infectious diseases, vol. 5,11 (2005): 718-25. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(05)70270-X


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