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What is the cause of influenza a?

What is the cause of influenza a?

Influenza A virus: Influenza viruses are categorized as influenza a or influenza b. Influenza an is the more common and more serious one. Usually two of the 3 strains in each influenza vaccine are influenza a viruses. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Please tell me what can be the cause of influenza?

Please tell me what can be the cause of influenza?

The flu: Influenza, or 'the flu' is spread from person to person.... It is just a virus that can easily be transmitted from contact with other people who are infected.... Hand washing and hygiene such as covering your cough are the best preventative methods. ...Read more

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If I have Influenza B, can I cause my husband to get Influenza A?

No: Hi, Thank you for your question.

No you can't cause him to get influenza A.
Hope you feel better.

Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

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So, two viruses that can cause reye's syndrome are influenza and vz virus? How many other viruses can lead to reye's?

So, two viruses that can cause reye's syndrome are influenza and vz virus? How many other viruses can lead to reye's?

Hard to say : Vz and influenza virus are the common viruses linked to reye syndrome but strains of adenovirus and the epstein barr virus (mono) have also been cited as triggers. There may be others but the decline in cases makes further research on the disease difficult. ...Read more

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Can influenza flu cause myocarditis months later?

Can influenza flu cause myocarditis months later?

Yes: But usually it develops weeks after the episode of respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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I went to the ER cause I haven't been feeling good about 4 days ago and they ran test a found that I have influenza a I can't stop coughing?

I went to the ER cause I haven't been feeling good about 4 days ago and they ran test a found that I have influenza a I can't stop coughing?

Viral syndrome takes: Viral syndrome takes time to resolve. Unfortunately, treatment for influenza (Tamiflu) only works if given within the 1st 2 days of symptoms; thereafter, it will not shorten or alleviate your symptoms (cough, malaise, aches & pains, nasal congestion, etc.) As you are at least 4 days out, the best u can do is stay hydrated, rest, & wait 10-14 days (7 days if u got the flu vaccines) for the symptoms to get better. GL ...Read more

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Can influenza A cause liver enzymes to be extremely elevated?

Can influenza A cause liver enzymes to be extremely elevated?

Influenza and liver: Only 3% of patients with influenza A had abnormalities of liver tests in a recent study. The patients who had greatly increased liver tests usually had low blood oxygen levels, resulting in the liver damage. If this does not apply to your situation, then a hepatologist should be consulted to look for other causes of greatly abnormal liver tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could influenza cause chills and extreme body aches without any cold symptoms?

Could influenza cause chills and extreme body aches without any cold symptoms?

It is possible: Every patient responds to viral infections a bit differently. Most patients get typical symptoms of cough, runny nose and sore throat along with chills or body aches. Alternatively, your symptoms above may progress to a typical influenza presentation. Give your body rest and be sure to wash your hands :) ...Read more

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Why does influenza cause myalgia(muscle pain)?

Why does influenza cause myalgia(muscle pain)?

The muscle aches of: Influenza seems to be caused by the production of cytokines such as il2 in response to. The virus. ...Read more

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Can influenza or a non functioning gallbladder cause abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Can influenza or a non functioning gallbladder cause abnormal vaginal bleeding?

No: This is not the cause of your vaginal bleeding. Please see your doctor for an examination to figure out the cause. ...Read more

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What could cause WBC to be high and red to be low? My son was diagnosed with influenza a he is 11. I am worried about him. Any ideas

What could cause WBC to be high and red to be low? My son was diagnosed with influenza a he is 11. I am worried about him. Any ideas

Infection: Viral infections, like influenza, can cause the bone marrow to temporarily decrease the production of red blood cells. The number of white blood cells would also be elevated as the body is trying fight off the infection. You can always ask your son's doctor to recheck his blood count after he is over the infection to make sure the counts have normalized. ...Read more

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Virus like influenza can cause endocarditis, is the risk for serious complications as bad as bacterial endocarditis when the virus lifespan is shorter?

Virus like influenza can cause endocarditis, is the risk for serious complications as bad as bacterial endocarditis when the virus lifespan is shorter?

Bacterial vs viral: Most endocarditis can be dangerous regardless of the etiology, but viral is usually less severe. However, bacterial endocarditis can be treated with antibiotics while viral is more 'supportive care' until you just get better. ...Read more

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Could influenza cause joint pain and, more specifically, pain in a single joint? I woke up with normal flu symptoms and aching right ankle.

Could influenza cause joint pain and, more specifically, pain in a single joint? I woke up with normal flu symptoms and aching right ankle.

Possible: Common flu symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain etc. When the symptoms initially develop it may be possible to feel pain in a single joint. If the pain is due to flu the pain my progress to other joints. ...Read more

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How could i not get influenza?

Hygiene: Since you can't live in a bubble, keep away form people who you know have the flu, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze and get the flu shot! ...Read more

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How can I keep from spreading influenza?

Basic stuff: First, get vaccinated so you don't get it in the first place. But if you do get it, stay home, wash your hands often, sneeze into your arm rather than your hand, and avoid touching or kissing people. ...Read more

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What are the causes of influenza this year?

2014 – 2015 Flu: Season. It is based on prediction. The flu shot goes along with that prediction. Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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How do I prevent influenza?

How do I prevent influenza?

Flu prevention: The best way to keep from getting flu is to maintain good hand hygiene. Regular handwashing and/or use of hand wipes or gels if you cannot get to soap and water goes a long way in minimizing your risk of acquiring infection. Try to do this after handling objects in public places. Getting the annual flu shot may also minimize your risk. ...Read more

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Can someone die from influenza a?

Can someone die from influenza a?

Yes: Influenza a can be deadly. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying health problems are at the greatest risk; but even perfectly healthy people can die from it. That is why we strongly encourage everyone to be immunized. We know that we can't predict who will have a severe case; and everyone who gets influenza risks harming others when it spreads. ...Read more

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Can you get influenza by kissing?

Yes, Influenza can: Be transmitted via kissing. The flu virus is dispersed as droplets in the air when a person talks, sings, coughs or sneezes. You can than inhale those droplets ; become infected. Or the droplets may contaminate an item which you touch. If you then go on to touch your eyes, mouth or nose you can become infected. ...Read more

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Common signs/symptoms of influenza?

Common signs/symptoms of influenza?

Feel miserable.: Fever, chills, cough, body aches, fatigue, congestion. Some vomiting/diarrhea, (influenza is not same as stomach flu). I've heard these descriptions: "like a truck backed over me, and I wished he'd come back and finish the job." "Everything hurt. My arms, my legs, my head. . . Fingernails and eyebrows hurt." "I hurt so badly, I couldn't even sleep." get shot-2 more strains could infect you. ...Read more

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Is influenza caused by a coronavirus?

Is influenza caused by a coronavirus?

Coronavirus: Can be cause of common cold, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome. However, I don't believe it is responsible for influenza. Hopefully, another provider will be able to confirm my later statement. ...Read more

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Can you take antivirals for influenza?

Can you take antivirals for influenza?

Antiviral medication: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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How are influenza viruses are transmitted?

Droplets: Influenza viruses are primarily transmitted from one person to another by droplets through talking, sneezing or coughing. ...Read more