Influenza or seasonal flu or common flu is something that we all know about. This is highly prevalent during seasonal changes. Influenza is caused by a virus- Influenzavirus A and influenza virus B. This virus keeps on mutating. One may catch influenza after some months. Most people believe that it cannot be prevented whereas the truth is that it is preventable. You should watch out for the signs and symptoms of influenza and then act upon it immediately. In this video, Dr. Anjali Kumar, Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram is talking about some symptoms of influenza that shouldn't be ignored.
Common symptoms of influenza are:
- Runny nose
- Dry cough
- Body ache
In most cases, this is mild and goes away on its own within a couple of days. In some cases, influenza is severe. Breathing difficulties and Pneumonia(viral pneumonia or bacterial pneumonia) are the symptoms of severe influenza. In some cases, it may also affect the heart and this condition is called myocarditis. It can also affect the brain causing encephalitis. Therefore, one should not ignore the symptoms of influenza and take immediate medical aid to prevent its progression. It is better to prevent this condition from worsening and causing severe ailments.
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