What do you need to know about flu (influenza)

What do you need to know about flu (influenza)

Published on: 13/12/2021
Last updated on: 31/01/2024
Written By Molly Wilson

Are you suffering from a flu fever or a sore throat or a runny nose? Chance is that you Power be suffering from flu or influenza. So what do you need to do when you are in pain from influenza? When shall you visit the doctor ideally? What are the symptom and causes of this respiratory disorder?

What are the treatments that you can choose when you are suffering from influenza?

We believe that it is important to visit the doctor when you have symptoms similar to the influenza flu. But before you do there is some knowledge that you may find critical to help you out of such times that may help you find a proper comprehensive remedy to influenza.

Let’s begin…

Knowing what influenza is all about

Influenza is a respiratory disorder that affects the different areas of your respiratory organs in your system. The influenza virus may affect your nose, throat, and even the internals of the lungs. The symptoms of the disease are much similar to the common cold as we will also discuss this later.

For now, you should know that it has a high chance of causing a fever generally mild and can cause a runny nose. It is a highly contagious disease so you need to maintain some strict isolation once you are suffering from it.

If you are among those groups of people who seem to be more vulnerable to influenza you need to visit the doctor and get yourself a flu vaccine each time during the flu seasons.

People who are vulnerable to suffering from influenza

Of course, there are a few select groups of people who seem to be more vulnerable to suffering from influenza. If you happen to be under this list then don’t panic. Most of the times influenza is curable and only in very rare severe ignorance cases will it lead to death.

If you find yourself to be under these groups of people then maintaining some of the precautions as given below will also act ideally.

So let’s find the people who are most vulnerable to influenza-

Children all of them who right form babies to those within the 8 to 10 year age group.

Adults who are older than 65 years

Professional people within the health care industry such as doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who might come in contact with a patient during their treatment care

Pregnant women and even those women who have just given birth to new babies for up to four weeks after giving birth

Anyone who is suffering from a weak immune system or any disorder of the immune system

Those already suffering from viral fever, cold and cough, asthma, bronchitis, heart disorders, liver diseases, kidney issues, and diabetes

Obese people or even those who are highly overweight

Common symptoms occurring during an influenza suffering

One of the most critical things for you to know is that understanding a symptom of influenza might take a bit of time and even then it is tough to recognize at first. It may be that the virus has already invaded your body and won over your immune system yet for the first sign of symptoms to crop up it may need a few days, generally 2 to 4.

Again the symptoms are very common to that of the common cold and can be tough to recognize. If you are among the vulnerable people to influenza then check out the key symptoms of influenza as we have given below-


Muscle pain

Chills and sudden cold sweats


Persistent cough buy dry

A feeling of difficulty in breathing

Runny nose


Joint pain or spasm

Sore throat

Eye pain



When to pay a visit to the doctor?

You see more often than not you can take care of yourself at home, take antibiotics and find better within a few days. But if the symptoms don’t seem to get over even after a few days then this is surely an alarm signal for you to visit the doctor. You can consult with the doctor to have antiviral drugs or maybe get a flu vaccine as well.

Sometimes the symptoms may become a bit more severe to the point where they would need medical emergencies that includes difficulty to breathe, chest tightness, severe dizziness and hallucinations, weakness and severe muscle pain lips turning blue, pale face, dehydration, having seizures, 

Determining the causes for influenza

You see when it is the time for flu season in your country then these viruses are in the air and so you might inhale them. Most of the time the changing seasonal times are the most vulnerable flue seasons and the activity of the influenza virus in the air is at its peak.

The other way that you might suffer from influenza is when you come in contact with a patient.  This occurs when you use any of the objects such as utensils, clothes, or anything or even make physical contact with the patient by way of a handshake or intimate contact.

Remember that at times during certain flu seasons the influenza virus may change strains and therefore even those who have had influenza once and even are vaccinated may have the disease once again although such chances are rare.

If the same type of strain virus heart attacks you then your immune system will take care of it but if a mutated strain invades your body then who knows maybe you have to suffer all over again.

Preventive measures to avoid suffering from influenza

One of the best preventive measures is to get an influenza flu shot just before the onset of the flu season. If you are already affected by the influenza virus then try and self-isolate yourself especially from kids and elderly people at home. don’t let any of your belongings come in contact with the rest of the family members. Make sure that you use a handkerchief to get ensure that the sneeze or cough droplets don’t spread in the air. Also, make sure that all the doors and windows in your room are closed.

The other way of curing influenza is to make use of antiviral medicines by consulting with the doctors once.