Do you recognize the 11 Symptoms of Flu?

Do you recognize the 11 Symptoms of Flu?

Do you suffer from pain in muscles and joints? Do you feel weak? Do you have watery eyes? You might be showing signs of influenza. If not treated immediately, influenza can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia etc. To treat influenza you should know its symptoms. What are the symptoms? Read on…

Influenza commonly known flu affects the respiratory system. It is caused by influenza A or B viruses. It affects the nose, throat and lungs.

Generally people get flu in the winter and early spring.

What are the symptoms of flu?

The symptoms of flu are as follows:

  • Fever over 38°C
  • Severe pain in joints and muscles
  • Pain around the eyes
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Warm skin
  • Teary eyes
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Chills and sweats

What causes flu?

Flu is a communicable disease. It gets easily transmitted from one person to another. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, the influenza virus let out by the infected person can travel in the air. If they are inhaled by a healthy person, the healthy person can get infected. Influenza droplets can sit on the door knobs, water taps, keyboards, telephone etc. When a healthy person touches the above things and puts his hands near eyes, nose or mouth, he can get infected from the influenza virus.

What increases the risk of flu?

The following factors increase the risk of flu:

  • Age: It is observed that seasonal flu affects youth and older people.
  • Job: People who work in nursing homes or military barracks are at an increased risk of developing flu. Also health care workers and child care personnel are at an increased risk of getting infected by flu.
  • Weakened immune system: People who are taking anti-rejection drugs, corticosteroids etc will develop a suppressed immune system; this can make the body more likely to catch flu. Cancer treatments and HIVAIDS also weaken the immune system. This can make the body susceptible to flu.
  • Chronic illnesses: Diseases like asthma, diabetes and heart problems can increase your risk of developing flu.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women are more likely to get affected by flu especially in the 2nd and 3rd

Untreated influenza can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections etc. Generally people with flu recover in a week’s time. If you are unable to recover within a week, consult a family practice doctor online at eVaidya now!

 

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