Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week. Flu symptoms include
• sore throat,
• muscle aches, and
HOW IS FLU DIAGNOSED?
Flu is diagnosed by the patient's history, physical exam, and laboratory tests. Usually, a quick test for example, nasopharyngeal swab sample is done to see if the patient is infected with influenza A or B virus.
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?
Though there are flu vaccines available across the world, they are not really able to stop flu all together - but restrains their impact.