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Symptoms of Influenza

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, presents with a spectrum of symptoms that affect the respiratory system and overall health, varying in severity and duration.

  • 22 Nov 2023
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Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread through close contact or droplets in the air. While common cold symptoms and influenza often overlap, they are two distinct illnesses that have different signs and implications. It's important to stay on top of potential influenza symptoms so you can take action if needed. In this article, we'll discuss the main symptoms of influenza.

Whether you're just starting to feel under-the-weather or you already know it's time to seek medical help - understanding the signs and symptoms of influenza will be beneficial in getting timely care.

What are the Symptoms of Influenza? 

The symptom of influenza arises in about 5-7 days after infection with the influenza virus. The infected person infected can spread the virus even before the symptoms are visible.

The common symptoms of influenza are mentioned below:

  • High fever – Infection with influenza virus is associated with sudden high fever which in most cases lasts for 4 days. The fever usually comes with the episodes of chills.
  • Coryza – Coryza is the inflammation inner lining of nose that comes with nasal discharge. Coryza is also known as rhinitis and is very common symptom of influenza.
  • Body aches and fatigue– Severe body pain followed by weakness or fatigue are one of the main influenza flu symptoms.
  • Sore throat – Sore throat and discomfort during swallowing is another common symptom of influenza.
  • Stomach discomfort – Influenza is also associated with symptoms of stomach discomfort that include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting which are particularly common in children.

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Conclusion

All in all, influenza is quite an infectious virus. It can be spread through contact with infected people or objects, droplets when sneezing or coughing, and from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after being exposed to the virus.

Being aware of the symptoms of influenza is key in detecting them early so you can take care of yourself promptly and get back on track quickly.

References:

  1. https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/influenza/symptoms-causes-and-risk
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