Rains after the hot scorching summer can bring much needed relief, but they also bring along with them several diseases. Influenza, commonly known as flu, is a viral disease that causes respiratory problems. It is extremely contagious and easily spreads through sneezes and coughs of an infected person. One can also get it by touch.
Some Common Influenza Symptoms
- Aching joints and limbs
- High temperature
- Fatigue, exhaustion
- Cold sweat, shivers
- Gastrointestinal symptoms – nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea (more common in children)
How serious can Influenza be?
In most cases, Influenza is not something to really worry about, apart from the uneasiness and weakness that it leaves behind. However, sometimes, it may lead to complications, particularly in elderly people, young children and those with a chronic illness that may compromise immunity.
- People vulnerable to severe complications
- People above age 65
- Babies and young children
- People with heart conditions, chest problems, diabetes, chronic kidney disease etc
- People who are on steroids
- People undergoing cancer treatment
Treatment for Influenza
Painkillers or paracetamols can help treat symptoms like, body aches and headache that come with the flu. Besides a doctor’s prescribed medicines, the following precautions are recommended:
- Take rest at home
- Stay away from others till you recover
- Wash your hands regularly
- Drink lots of liquids
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Stop smoking
- Do not share items with an infected person
How to prevent Influenza
Influenza is usually highly contagious but can be prevented if proper care is taken. Avoid taking antibiotics by yourself. If symptoms of it are long-lasting or severe, then it is best to visit your doctor. Flu vaccines may prove useful. You will need to take a booster shot each year to prevent contracting the disease.
Medica has a comprehensive unit dedicated to Internal Medicine, where skilled Doctors, Nurses and technician work in sync 24X7 to deliver the best possible treatment with the help of a fully equipped ICU and Emergency department. With state of the art technology and modern equipment, Medica treats patients with compassion as well as competence and is ready to handle any type of emergency.