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What is Influenza- Symptoms and Treatment?

What is Influenza- Symptoms and Treatment?

Influenza, sometimes known as the flu, is a respiratory ailment caused by a viral infection in the respiratory system. Through coughing and sneezing, the flu may spread quickly and easily. There are several ways to spread it, such as chatting or shaking hands.




Flu patients may feel the following:


  • Sudden onset of fever myalgia, sore throat cough.
  • nasal congestion or runny discharge 
  • chilly sweats and body pains that might be rather severe
  • aches and pains


Not everyone who has the flu will present with all of these signs and symptoms. Flu, for example, may be diagnosed without a temperature.


In most cases, the flu's symptoms appear out of nowhere. At first, a person suffering from influenza may encounter:


  • a high degree of heat
  • a congested or dripping nose
  • cold and flu-like symptoms such as a scratchy throat and a dry cough, as well as chills and shivering.
  • Sometimes GI symptoms like diarrhea & vomiting.


Adults with flu-like symptoms


Medical attention must be sought immediately by adults who exhibit any of the following Spanish flu symptoms :


  • a problem with breathing
  • chest or abdominal discomfort
  • disorientation, drowsiness, or a lack of focus
  • A lack of urination 
  • Extreme discomfort, fatigue, and shakiness
  • Fall in oxygen level by pulse oximeter.


Symptoms of the influenza virus in children


Symptoms in children might be comparable to those in adults, but they can additionally include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Medical attention is required if a kid exhibits the following symptoms:


  • a problem with breathing
  • a quick inhalation
  • discomfort in the chest and ribcage when they inhale or exhale 
  • a blue appearance to their face
  • not urinating for 8 hours and sobbing dry tears, for example, a lack of attentiveness or social contact
  • anything over 104°F or in a kid under 12 weeks of age, as well as any fever or cough that disappears and again reappears


Babies with flu-like symptoms


Babies are particularly vulnerable to flu. A parent or caretaker should seek medical attention if influenza symptoms arise. Infected infants may:


  • Suffer from a runny or stuffy nose, a sore throat, or a temperature of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • They don't want to be held
  • Reduce oral intake
  • Display indicators of dehydration, such as not urinating, not waking up, or interacting
  • Having blue or grey skin
  • Quick or difficult breathing
  • High fever with a rash, and severe and persistent vomiting


Symptoms of influenza type A virus


A person may have influenza A if they exhibit the following symptoms:


  • chills and a fever
  • pain in the muscles, pains and tiredness
  • a congested or dripping nose
  • coughing and a painful throat


Symptoms of the type B flu


Influenza A and B both have symptoms that are identical.




When suffering from flu-like symptoms, it is not necessary for the majority of patients to see a doctor. As a result, most individuals are not in danger of developing a severe flu infection.


Consult your doctor if you have a severe case of the flu. If you have a high risk of flu complications, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.


When many individuals in a particular region are sick with the flu, a healthcare expert may establish a diagnosis based on the symptoms you describe. There's nothing else to check.


The flu may be detected with a specific test. A swab of the nose or throat is all that is required. The majority of the time, test results may be obtained quickly. Your doctor may use the results of the test to determine the most effective course of therapy for you.


Treatment in the Comfort of Your Own Home


Only Paracetamol should be used to reduce fever. 


Taking over-the-counter cold drugs may help alleviate some of your discomfort. If you're suffering from a sore throat, take a dose of cough syrup or use an antiallergic to maintain Hydration with plenty of fluids and adequate sleep.


Anti-Infective Drugs


Symptoms that are milder often subside within three to four days. Antiviral medications are not required for them.


Antiviral medications may be prescribed by the medicine specialist to those who are really ill with the flu. You may benefit from taking these medications if you have a higher risk of flu complications. If you have any of the following health issues, you're at greater risk of becoming sicker from the flu:


  • Bronchial Asthma
  • COPD
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Hematological Malignancies
  • AIDS, radiation treatment, or certain medications, including chemotherapy and corticosteroids, may cause diabetes.
  • Other long-term health issues may arise.
  • Post Transplant Patients


These medications may reduce the amount of time you experience symptoms by one day on average. Taken within two days of the onset of symptoms, they are most effective.


These drugs may also be required for children who are at high risk of developing a severe case of the flu.




There are precautions you may take to prevent getting the flu or transmitting it to others. Get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible.


  • Remain in bed for the next 24 hours after your fever has subsided, whether you're a student or an adult.
  • If you leave your room, put on a mask.
  • After touching your face, use a hand sanitizer often throughout the day to keep your hands clean.
  • Throw away tissues after using them to cover your mouth during coughing.
  • If you don't have a tissue nearby, cough into your sleeve. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth at all costs
  • Frequent Hand Washing

How long does it stay?


Symptoms of the flu generally come abruptly, 2 days or so after infection. Coughs may linger up to two weeks, even though the majority of symptoms subside within a week.


Even after the symptoms have gone away, a person might still remain infectious for up to a week.


Complications may prolong the healing process. Kidney failure, for example, is one of the most serious consequences that may have a long-term effect on a patient's health.


Post-viral tiredness may last for up to a week for some individuals, even after the underlying symptoms have subsided. They may be groggy and weary for days or weeks after they first experience it.




If influenza isn't treated, it may lead to serious health problems, including death. You should see a doctor if you have symptoms of this illness, even in circumstances when you don't need medicine.


Take the time to see a doctor before diagnosing yourself. It is possible for flu symptoms to mimic those of a cold, but they may become worse. Make an appointment with your doctor if you suspect you have influenza.

Medanta Medical Team
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