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Influenza (flu), is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It may lead to hospitalization or even death, especially among the elderly.

What to look for
Typical influenza is characterized by the abrupt onset of high fever, chills, a dry cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, and muscle and joint pain. Unlike other common respiratory infections which are often called "the flu," influenza can cause extreme fatigue lasting several days to weeks.

Influenza is spread easily from person to person, primarily when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season.

When to seek further Professional Advice
When you start experiencing the symptoms listed above.
Your doctor might prescribe anti biotic and painkillers, along with throat lozenges.

Alternative Treatment

There are several alternative treatments that may help in fighting off the virus and recovering from the flu, in addition to easing flu symptoms.
These include Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Herbal Remedies, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy and Vitamins like Vitamin C.

Traditional Treatment

If you get the flu, get plenty of rest, drink a lot of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. Also, you can take medications to relieve the symptoms of the flu (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever).

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00