Influenza is an infection, commonly referred to as the flu, caused by one of the many types of Influenza viruses. The flu is a much more serious infection than the common cold. The fever which accompanies the flu is typically much higher than that of the common cold and the muscular aches and pain are more severe. There may be nasal congestion and frequently a runny nose will linger after the flu. Headaches, sore throat, a cough, fatigue and weakness or exhaustion are all symptoms of the flu. Nausea and vomiting may be present; however they are not common symptoms.
All the above symptoms usually occur together and are all quite pronounced. This leaves a person feeling very ill and uncomfortable and a severe case of the flu can be very debilitating. The most serious complication of the flu occurs when the virus enters the lungs and causes pneumonia. This is especially serious in young children, elderly people and people who already have a weakened immune system. Individuals who have existing chronic diseases may experience an aggravation of their illness with the flu, making the flu an even more unpleasant and debilitating experience.
The best treatment for the flu is bed rest. The flu is a contagious illness which is spread via coughing and sneezing. Please consult your healthcare practitioner if your symptoms persist for longer than one week
Headaches, sore throat, a cough, fatigue and weakness or exhaustion are all symptoms of the flu.
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