Flu (Influenza) is an illness that is caused due to influenza viruses and is a contagious respiratory illness. It can be severed and mild as well as in a few cases can lead to death. In this webpage, we will discuss flu symptoms and every other aspect.
Symptoms and signs of flu usually indicate suddenly. People suffering from the flu often feel some symptoms given below.
- Cough and sore throat
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Muscle/ body headache
- Tiredness or fatigue feeling
- In a few adults vomiting and diarrhea however symptoms like this are more common in the child.
- Fever is not important in flu some people not appear
- How to know that if you flu or not?
If you have any respiratory disorder it can be the flu if you feel symptoms like high temperature, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue. In some cases vomiting and diarrhea mostly in children compare to adults. People may be found themselves suffering from flu with fever. Flu most commonly occurs in colder months of the year.
- Which type of test confirms the flu?
There are several tests to confirm flu or to detect influenza viruses in the respiratory tract. The most known and common test is the rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDTs). Rapid influenza diagnostic test works by confirming or finding antigens (part of the virus) which increases an immune response. The result of RIDTs can give results in 10-15 minutes but this result is not accurate enough. An alternative test of RIDTs is rapid molecular assays, in which we detect the genetic material of the virus. It also gives result in 10-15 minutes and it is more accurate and RIDTs there is also several different tests which are more accurate that both test we discuss above.
- Is it important to test if you have few symptoms?
If you have symptoms of flu-like fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea and if you symptoms in the cold month of year or flu epidemic so if you face problem both together make sure to test yourself because you can suffer from flu nevertheless other viruses also cause respiratory illness.
- Can I suffer from both flu and COVID-19 same time?
Actually yes, it is possible to have flu and COVID-19 however it is very hard in many cases it’s impossible to find the difference between both diseases.
- Is there any test that can confirm flu and COVID-19 both?
Yes, you can use a test developed by CDC which checks SARS CoV-2 and influenza viruses.
- Difference between cold and flu
Flu and cold both are respiratory disorders but they result from different viruses, therefore, you have similar symptoms, it’s hard to find the difference between the bases on symptoms only. Generally, the flu is more harmful than the common cold and symptoms are also more harsh than cold.
Despite the fact in case of Cold result runny and stuffy nose doesn’t result in serious health risk and disorder like pneumonia, bacterial infection, or hospitalization.