Reviewed by Dr. Hasan Feroz and Written By Dr. Mohammad Osama
Flu also known as Influenza is a contagious disease caused by the virus. It attacks your throat,lungs and nose. It attacks on respiratory system and resolved within 3 to 5 days but in some cases it takes 10 days also. It causes high fever running nose and sore throat. Fever and running nose resolves within a week but cough remains continue till months. but in some cases it is also resolves within week.
Flu symptoms includes sudden onset Fever,Runny Nose,Headache,Fatigue,Weakness,Sore throat,Chills,Back Ache and body ache.
Sometimes the symptoms goes away on its own but in some cases medical help may be needed. Patient with more than 60 years is at high risk and if the patient is not recovering immediately rush him to hospital because it may be deadly for such patients.
There is no specific test to detect the viral infection. Your doctor may observe you with physical examination and correlate the symptoms with flu symptoms if he suspects then he will prescribe medicine for you.
Flu is generally caused by the Influenza Type A and Influenza Type B viruses. Most of the cases type A influenza causes.
Generally flu resolved within week on its own and no medication is required. If necessary antiviral medicine should be given to the patient. Try to take plenty of water and stay hydrated. If you are suffering from fever you may take paracetamol or ibuprofen.