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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
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
Handwashing and rest:
One of the best things you can do to reduce the chances of getting sick is to wash your hands properly and often. Soap and water are fine, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also very effective.
Keeping your immune system in good shape is also important, so make sure you are getting enough sleep, keep stress low and eat properly. ...Read more
Yes: One of the major problems with influenza infections is that they can defeat the body's defense system and let other germs cause disease. Pneumonia caused by bacteria is a particular worry. Once your symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue) start to improve, they should continue to improve. If there is any worsening, contact your doctor right away. ...Read more
New bird flu: So far there has been no person to person spread of this new strain out of china. It has been limited to those with intimate contact with birds in the raising or preparation for sale. Many birds have been removed & destroyed in an attempt to limit the spread of this strain. As long as the kids are kept away from these birds they should be safe. The cdc & who are monitoring the situation. ...Read more
Depends: If you are bothered by the sneezing, treat it. ...Read more
Yes: Antibiotics do not provide any protection, nor do they treat influenza. If your family was vaccinated, they are less likely to catch your influenza, but the vaccine is not 100% effective. Good handwashing and decontamination of shared objects (doorknobs, refrigerator, faucets etc), cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is an antiviral that can be used to prevent flu when exposed. ...Read more
I have conjunctivitis following a bout of influenza. Is there an over the counter drug you can recommend?
Treating conjunctivi: Conjunctivitis can be due to viral infection, in that case it will not produce much in the way of pus or sticky eyelids/eyelashes (this is a sign of bacterial infection). Bacterial infections can be treated with a triple antibiotic eye ointment which is available over ythe counter. Viral infections go away on their own, just wash your eyes with warm water or use saline drops several times/day ...Read more
Diagnosed with Influenza B Thursday. Had a fever (99-102) since Tuesday. Fever won't go away. Should I be worried?
No: The febrile phase of influenza B can last 7 days (sucks big time, doesn't it). Make sure to keep yourself well hydrated. If temp is going over 104 or you develop worsening cough and/or shortness of breath, seek medical care again as you can develop a secondary pneumonia. In the future, to avoid this, get flu vaccine EVERY YEAR! Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with influenza 4 days ago. My fever broke today. It has been three hours with no fever. Am I recovered?
Unlikely: Usually 7-10 days if no complicationsGet a more detailed answer ›
I have influenza and still running fever it has been five days and I am suppose to go back to work tuesday will it be okay?
I'm 27 years old have influenza B have a 5 year old how much is she at risk I'm scared to give this to her how do I prevent it?
I've got thrust on my tongue its covered it doesn't hurt how do I get it off I also have influenza could that what b causing it?
I have influenza a. Why does my fever go up to 101.5 if I stand or sit upright? It stays lower when I lie down - to around 100.2
Body temperature may vary as your immune system fights the infection. If you take an antipyretic before sleep, the fever may go down. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may be rxd if you have been sick for 48 hrs or less.
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My 11 yr old son has influenza a. I have some undiagnosed something going on. I have been working with drs for a year. I am concerned and worried?
See below: If you concern about influenza, it easily can be checked with the rapid test, and it wouldn't last for an year. You are on Flagyl and ibuprofen, treatment has been prescribed by your doctor for some infection/inflamation. Based on the information, you provided, it's hard to make a conclusion/diagnosis, what's going on with you. You might need to check with your doctor again or seek 2nd opinion. ...Read more
16 year old, iam facing problems in my body, iam very thin I cant get weight, one side in my hair is thinner than other side, any influenza affect me bad?
Weight: If you're eating enough daily calories (2000 or over) and can't gain weight you are either burning off lots of calories by exercise or you have medical problems such as overactive thyroid, diabetes, tapeworm, malabsorption or malignancy. Get a medical checkup with your physician, who William order the appropriate tests. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with influenza a. I'm on tamiflu (oseltamivir) (first day today) and feel better. I have big plans for tomorrow and tomorrow night?
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
Yes: Depends really not on the elevated sed rate but on your overall immune status. ...Read more
Stay home/wash hands: Influenza is highly contagious, especially by droplet transmission. That means that by coughing, sneezing, or talking as many as six feet away from someone can transmit the disease to them. It is also believed that less often, influenza can be transmitted by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the face. So, stay home to avoid people, wash hands often, and clean surfaces. ...Read more
Antibiotics and flu: Antibiotics are not active against the flu. Antibiotics are sometimes given to reduce the risk of complications in severe cases, but the antibiotics to not directly affect the course of the influenza. Tamiflu, (oseltamivir or similar med), is usually the recommended treatment. If started soon enough, it can reduce the duration of your symptoms. Average flu lasts 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
How can I recover from influenza? Seven days in, no appetite, kidneys hurt, coughing to the point of gagging.
Antibiotics: With influenza I would expect that by day 7 you should be starting to feel better. The cough especially if you are coughing up a discolored mucus may mean that you have developed a secondary bacterial infection and may need an antibiotic to speed your recovery. It may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more