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What Kind Of Flu Do I Have
Complicated: Bird influenza is rare and human to human transmission does not seem to occur as effectively as with other strains (serotypes). It does have a higher mortality rate among the relatively few persons who have unfortunately been documented to be infected. Symptoms of influenza can be diverse, as can the complications and include fever, chills, aches, GI symptoms, cough, etc. ...Read more
Just found out I have flu type A, first time ever had flu. How long does it last? Is type A the milder one u can have?
I have difficulty to breath each time after I have flu , and it continues for months,it feels like there is something jelly kind liquid , what to do?
Fever is expected: High fevers are expected with flu type a and flu type b. The most important thing to do is keep your child comfortable during the fever and make sure he stays hydrated. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin to help bring the fever down and make sure he drinks plenty of fluids. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Influenza vaccine may or may not cover each of the influenza viruses currently circulating in the community, and some people do not necessarily develop complete immunity to the strains contained within the vaccine. If you know that an individual with whom you are going to be in contact has influenza and you can avoid contact that would be the safest course of action. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For more info CDC: Influenza type a is bird flu. Influenza type b infects humans and seals. Places where b strains have been are: shanghai, yamagata, hong kong, and victoria. To find more info best to contact cdc. Both type a & b have the same flu symptoms. High fever, severe aches and pains, generalized weakness. Diagnosed by culture. If u have flu symptoms please see a doctor. ...Read more
My little boy thats 11 was diagnosed with type a flu today. I haven't felt good for a year is their anything i can do to try to keep from it?
Have type a flu, when can I expect the fever to go away. Been taking everything to get it to break?
Influenza: Usually resolves in 1-2 weeks. Cool compresses along with alternating NSAID & tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4-6 hours (if fever over 101º). If symptoms getting worse, or developing difficulty breathing, see doc 2 b checked for pneumonia, which may complicate flu. Advise yearly flu shot for prevention. If other medical problems, see doc as soon as flu symptoms start to get antiviral med. ...Read more
My 11 year old son tested positive today for type a flu. Is it possible to get it this time of the year? Or misdiagnoses?
High false-positives: It is theoretically positive to get influenza type a during august (see http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/weekly/), but the chance that the rapid flu test reported a false positive is quite high. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/rapidlab.Htm for a nice explanation. A more specific test could be done to confirm, but it probably is not worth it. ...Read more
2 different viruses: Sars was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. Influenza virus is entirely different species of virus. There is no cure for sars it is treated by supportive measures. Corticosteroids, Alpha interferon and lopinavir/ritonavir have been used. ...Read more
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