Watch Out For These Signs and Symptoms of Influenza

Influenza, commonly known as the seasonal or common flu, is a widespread illness typically occurring during seasonal transitions. It is primarily caused by two types of viruses: Influenzavirus A and Influenza virus B, both of which are known for their tendency to mutate over time. While many believe influenza is unavoidable, it is, in fact, preventable with vigilance and prompt action upon observing its symptoms.

Dr. Anjali Kumar, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing influenza symptoms in a timely manner in a recent video.

Common symptoms of influenza include a runny nose, headache, dry cough, chills, body aches, diarrhea, and vomiting. While the majority of cases are mild and resolve within a few days without treatment, severe cases can occur. Symptoms of severe influenza may include breathing difficulties and pneumonia, whether viral or bacterial. Additionally, influenza can affect other vital organs such as the heart, leading to myocarditis, or the brain, resulting in encephalitis.

Given the potential severity of influenza and its complications, it is crucial not to overlook its symptoms and seek prompt medical attention to prevent further progression. Taking proactive measures to address influenza early can mitigate the risk of developing more severe illnesses.