Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Change Language

Flu: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Flu or influenza is a very common disease caused by RNA virus in both animals, birds and even humans. Flu often stands similar to infections caused by other viruses. Diagnosing flu becomes a problem for the doctor as it is difficult to identify the virus causing it and most doctor’s end up naming it as a flu-type infection or disorder. Amongst three different influenza virus, A and B are mostly the cause of flu. Flu is observed to spread mostly in winter, different virus tends to spread flu in every winter.

Flu infection is extremely communicable in nature. Flu gets infected from person to person very easily, like being exposed to sneezing or coughing of an infected person or even touching the surface of virus disposition. Some of the common symptoms that indicate that a person has got flu are high temperature or fever, headache, nausea, dry cough, sneezing, severe sore throat, pain-stricken joints and muscles and sweat. On the other hand, if you tend to face severe symptoms like difficulty in breathing, dizziness, chest or abdominal pain, confusion and blurred vision you must not keep neglecting as these symptoms may arouse the emergency of getting admitted in hospital. It is important to differentiate between flu and cold symptoms and thus calls for the immediacy of consulting a doctor for a proper diagnosis and medication to avoid further growth of infection.

How is the treatment done?

The primary job of the doctor is to get a detailed information regarding the symptoms you are facing. The doctor may ask you for an influenza diagnosis test. In this test, the doctor will take a swab sample from the back of the throat or nose. The results can be generated within few minutes and finally help the doctor to frame proper diagnosis on the symptoms the person is suffering from.

Generally, the vital treatment of flu is to take long rest for about few days and have more amount of fluid in a day. Fluids like soups, juice avoids dehydration and help in improving the condition. In extreme cases, the doctor prescribes antibiotics to enhance the recovery process. Medications are different for persons with asthma and respiratory problems.

In case of patients who have been neglecting the symptoms and end up with worse symptoms like shortened breath, dizziness, excessive headache and more are advised to undergo hospital treatment in order to get control of the condition. The more you take rest, more your body becomes resistant and fight against the infection. Proper care and a strict diet can help in normalizing the condition and get you recovered with 1 week.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

People experiencing symptoms of flu are suggested to visit a doctor and undergo treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Person with no such problem of cold or flu related symptoms do not need to undergo treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Medicines produce various side effects in the patient. Antibiotics prescribed by doctors to patients for flu may lead to side effects like dizziness, nausea, vomiting tendency, insomnia, discomfort or redness in eyes, nosebleed and also respiratory issues. Once you come across any of unusual effects from medicines, you must inform it to the doctor and he might substitute the medicine.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Even when you finally recover from flu, you should maintain few guidelines to avoid any further reoccurrence of symptoms. Rest should be taken until you attain proper recovery. You should maintain few habits that would avoid getting infected with virus and germs. Do remember to use a handkerchief when u sneeze and cough. Remain away from the person carrying germs. Have plenty of water in a day. It helps you to keep hydrated.

How long does it take to recover?

With proper medication and care, recovery from flu is attained within 1 or 2 weeks. However, the body pain and head ache can linger for 7 seven days.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The treatment includes consultation fees of the doctor and medical expenses. For serious cases, patients are admitted to hospitals that includes much higher treatment cost.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Medication and proper care results in permanent recovery. At the same time, being exposed to infection near future may result in flu again. You must maintain guidelines to avoid it.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Flu can be treated well at home itself until you reach severe condition to take medicines. Taking rest and drinking more fluid will help a lot. Added to that, a proper diet with vitamin C and vitamin D is a must. You can also have Echinacea, the herb that helps in stimulating immunity to fight against infection in the body. Zinc and essential oil also help in boosting immunity. Honey and cinnamon in hot water show amazing results fastening up the recovery process. Ginger tea is a bliss at this time.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hii I am having chill from past 3 days but from last night I have continuously internal chill. My friend who knows about medicine suggested me lariago. Should I take or what do I do?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Delhi
Hello dear, do not take lariago as of now. As it has been 3 days so its important that a consultation is booked to rule out some common causes of fever. Also test for covid is also advised. In the meantime just proceed with symptom management. Fol...
1 person found this helpful

My mother age 70. She is suffering diabetes, bp,.she use medicine glycomet-gp 2 forte ,telvas -ct ls ,extrocin 50 and new neurotrat-lm. But present two three days she is trouble head pain ,normal fever no eating (bhook nahi lagna) and more weakness in body. What I do for treatment at corona time, please suggest medicine and treatment or test. corona test negative.

MD Medicine, DM Neurology
Neurologist,
Hello, your mother seems to be suffering from viral fever by way of headache and low grade fever and as corona is negative, she requires analgesic and paracetamol. As she has no systemic symptoms that is no sore throat, cough or urinary symptoms m...

Popular Health Tips

Interstitial Lung Disease - Know More!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Interstitial Lung Disease - Know More!
Interstitial lung disease is an umbrella term that includes a number of conditions that causes scarring of the tissues of the lungs. This scarring can hamper your breathing and therefore cause less oxygen to be present in your blood. When you are ...
1587 people found this helpful

COPD - Things You Must Always Remember!

MBBS, MD - Pulmonary Medicine, FNB-Critical Care, Europeon Diploma In Adult Respiratory Medicine, Europeon Diploma In Intensive Care, Fellow
Pulmonologist, Delhi
COPD - Things You Must Always Remember!
COPD, also known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a chronic medical condition that triggers extensive damage to the lungs, interfering with its functioning. In COPD, the lungs and the air sacs or the alveoli undergo severe inflammation ...
1895 people found this helpful

Respiratory Complications During Pregnancy - Tips To Avoid Them!

Gynaecologist, Faridabad
Respiratory Complications During Pregnancy - Tips To Avoid Them!
Pregnancy brings with it a slew of changes in the physiological parameters of women. Women are susceptible to a number of complications, including respiratory complications during this stage. An abnormal chest X-ray or a complaint regarding some k...
4258 people found this helpful

Chronic Bronchitis - Precautions To Be Taken And Treatment!

MBBS.DTCD
Pulmonologist, Hyderabad
Chronic Bronchitis - Precautions To Be Taken And Treatment!
The bronchial tubes (also termed as bronchi) present in the lungs play an important role in carrying the air inside and out of the lungs. In Bronchitis, the lining of this bronchial tubes gets inflamed. Chronic Bronchitis, as the name suggests is ...
1452 people found this helpful

How You Can Keep Your Lungs Healthy?

MBBS, MD - Pulmonary Medicine, FNB-Critical Care, Europeon Diploma In Adult Respiratory Medicine, Europeon Diploma In Intensive Care, Fellow
Pulmonologist, Delhi
How You Can Keep Your Lungs Healthy?
Lungs are part of the respiratory system, and their main job is to bring fresh air into the body and remove waste gases from the body. What do the Lungs do? Lungs have a basic function of maintaining the process of gaseous exchange. The blood vess...
2060 people found this helpful
Content Details
Written By
Diploma in Diabetology,CCRH (certificate in reproductive health),MBBS,F.F.M(family medicine)
General Physician
Play video
Asthma - Know More About It
Good evening. I am Dr. Arunesh Kumar, senior consultant pulmonologist. Today I am going to talk to you about Asthma. As you know in Gurgaon which is one of the most polluted cities in the world and that's official now, asthma is becoming more and ...
Play video
Vaccinations - How Do They Help Prevent Diseases?
Hi, I am Dr. Suresh Keshan, Pediatrician. Today I will be talking on vaccinations as a modality of prevention for childhood diseases. I will address the common concerns the parents have regarding the vaccinations. One of the things parents ask, ar...
Play video
Swine Flu - How To Prevent It?
Hello everyone, I am Dr. Shweta Gupta, main child specialist hoon. Mai aaj swine flu ke baare mein aap sabse kuch baatein karna chahti hoon. Jaise ki hum sab jante hain ki Delhi mein is time swine flu kafi faila hua hai aur papers mein padhte hai ...
Play video
Chronic Cough
Namaskar, I am Dr. Prashant Saxena, Pulmonologist. Aaj me apse khasi ke bare me baat krunga. Khasi se hum apne galle ko clean kr skte hain. Khasi kam time ke lia hoti hai lkin kabhi kabhi ye 2-3 weeks se bhi jyada ho skti hai. Ise hum chronic coug...
Play video
HIV/AIDS: Facts You Need To Know!
Hi, My name is Dr Ishwar gilada and I am one of the first positions in the field of HIV AIDS in India. I started my HIV career in 1985 and I started this private clinic called UNICEF Medical Research Centre in 1995 which is India's first private s...
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice