Influenza A: All we need to know
It is a respiratory disorder. Influenza is a contagious viral infection; also commonly known as flu.
Also known as: H1N1 Flu or Pig influenza
There are annually less than 5 thousand cases of this flu in India. It can affect any age group. (3)
- Not self-treatable
- Not self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging are required
- Short-term: resolves within months
- Can be prevented by vaccination
Caused by : It is primarily caused by influenza A virus.
There are primarily three types of influenza: Type A, Type B, and Type C. Influenza A can sometimes be life-threatening.
If left untreated; it may cause ear infection, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, chest pain, pneumonia or bronchitis.
● Common cold and cough
● Fever and weakness
● Sneezing and sore throat
● Fatigue, chills, and body aches.
People may experience: pain in the muscles
Also common: running nose
Diagnosis and Treatment
Rapid influenza diagnostics test: this test checks for the presence of influenza virus in the body.
Self-care: take ample rest and increase your fluid intake. This may prevent or cure mild infections.
Medicines: the doctors may prescribe antiviral medications, IV fluids, pain relievers, and neuraminidase inhibitors to reduce the severity of an infection.
Specialists: for further concerns, contact a doctor, primary care provider, or a physician. For your optimum health and treatment, visit mfine.