There are many causes for body aches ­– a hard workout, a cold, the flu, or even something more serious. In some cases, a few days of rest may be all you need to relieve your symptoms, but some aches, especially ones that have lasted for a long time, may need professional diagnosis.

Possible causes of short-term body aches

Cold or flu
Overuse of a certain muscle group

Why do we get body aches when we’re sick?

Body aches are a symptom that often accompanies the cold or flu. While it can seem like they’re part of the virus itself, they’re actually caused by your body’s response to it. As your body works to fight the virus, it can cause aches and inflammation all over.

Are there any treatments for body aches?

When you have a cold or flu, body aches can really pile on the misery. It can help to take an over-the-counter medicine with a pain reliever like acetaminophen, to help ease body aches. Theraflu® ExpressMax® Daytime Severe Cold & Cough Syrup, which contains acetaminophen not only helps relieve body aches but this multi-symptom formula also relieves nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, fever, headache, and sinus congestion.