Symptoms of influenza

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A contagious respiratory illness commonly known as flu, influenza is caused by influenza viruses. The flu symptoms are difficult to distinguish from other infections as the symptoms are very similar to other infections. Only a doctor can tell if it is really influenza you have or some other flu complication. If you hurry with the test, it can be established if it is flu you are suffering from or some other complication as it is only established in the first two days and no later.

The common influenza symptoms are:

  • A high fever
  • Headaches of different natures
  • Feeling fatigued and tired
  • Cough
  • Stuffy uncomfortable nose
  • Runny nose
  • Pain in the body
  • Sore throat
  • In young children influenza symptoms include diarrhea or /and vomiting

However what you need to know is that having these symptoms always does not mean that you are suffering from influenza only. The symptoms are pretty much the same even if you have common cold and not exactly influenza. To be on surer foot it is good to consult a doctor to get the proper treatment for influenza after getting yourself tested for influenza, especially if you are prone to get complications of influenza.  You should also consult a doctor if you have these symptoms and you are more than 65 years of age, have asthma, heart disease or diabetes, are pregnant or you see these symptoms in a child.

Although influenza is not taken very seriously but it should be noted that all of us can not tackle this infection effectively and it can lead to death sometimes. The influenza is a contagious disease which spread through infected person by respiratory droplets when the carrier of influenza virus sneezes or coughs. Touch something that has influenza virus on it may also lead to influenza. An apparently healthy person may be suffering from influenza virus attack and spread it further before the symptoms become obvious without knowing that he or she is actually suffering from influenza and even spreading it.

If the influenza symptoms are not dealt forthwith, it can lead to choric medical complications like bacterial pneumonia, congestive heart failure, diabetes and asthma.  Both children and aged people are at high risk as they can develop ear infections and sinus problems. Do not take any of these symptoms lightly and get yourself tested for influenza to save further damage.

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