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Do you have The Flu? Know the Symptoms, Treatment and More..


Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory illness/infection caused by a virus. It is highly contagious and is normally spread by the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. You can also catch flu by just touching the infected person like shaking hands etc.

Adults are contagious 1–2 days before getting symptoms and up to 7 days after becoming ill.

Fast facts on flu

Flu is generally not serious but, it is unpleasant. However, it may cause severe complications in very young children, pregnant women, diabetics, people with respiratory disorders, older people, and in those individuals with low immune responses.

Symptoms:

Flu can often be confused with the common cold as they share similar symptoms such as

However, you can differentiate flu from the common cold with these symptoms

Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are also common.

Complications of flu include

Treatment

Flu is usually caused by a virus, so antibiotics cannot help, unless it leads to another illness caused by bacteria.

Antivirals

Doctors may prescribe antivirals, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), in some circumstances.

FDA approved a new drug called baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza) for acute uncomplicated influenza, or flu in 2018.

People can receive this treatment if they:

Pain relief medication

Pain relievers can alleviate some of the symptoms, such as a headache and body pains.

Home remedies

Individuals with flu should:

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