Flu or Influenza occurs in different types, A, B and C, the last one being the mildest form. In the case of the type A flu, it is more seen in animals can be passed on to humans as well. There may be different symptoms of flu, but the most common ones are severe cold accompanied by fever and these coming on suddenly. Dry cough and sore throat are also seen in flu patients.
HOW IS FLU DIAGNOSED?
Your general physician may diagnose you with flu based on your symptoms. In some cases, the doctor may choose to conduct an influenza diagnostic test. As a matter of fact, this test is often conducted even when a patient has had any respiratory illness in order to rule out flu.
HOW IS FLU TREATED?
Usually there is no specific treatment for flu other than lots of bed rest and fluids for keeping yourself hydrated. In some cases when the symptoms don’t reduce in 3 or 5 days, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications like oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza).
DID YOU KNOW?
The best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vaccine every year.