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What are the symptoms Influenza?

What are the symptoms? Influenza tends to start suddenly. The usual initial symptoms include high fever, chills, sweating, muscle aches and headache. Subsequent symptoms may include a runny nose, cough, sore throat and eyes sensitive to light. These acute symptoms usually last 3 to 5 days and often start improving gradually after the first 48 hours. Infection with the flu virus may lead to other superadded infections. Ear, sinus, and bronchial infections are examples of such infections. Pneumonia can also occur as a result of the flu. It can be caused by the influenza virus itself or by bacteria causing a secondary infection. The symptoms include: * High grade fever (38(C to 40(C) with chills * headache * muscle aches and stiffness * nasal discharge * cough * shortness of breath * chills * fatigue * sweating * loss of appetite * stuffy, congested nose * sore throat
Asked On : Thu, 18 Dec 2008
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For mild illness in people who are not at high-risk, - the treatment of influenza is frequently just supportive and includes bed rest, analgesics (pain killers) for muscle aches and pains, and increased intake of fluids. If influenza is diagnosed within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, especially in high-risk groups (immunosuppressed, elderly, chronic heart, lung or kidney conditions) antiviral medications are available, which may shorten the duration of symptoms. Treatment is usually not necessary for children, but if the illness is diagnosed early and the patient is at risk of progression to more severe disease, it can be started. It is very important to drink a lot of liquids like water, juice, and other fluids. Having enough fluids also helps the mucus in the sinuses and lungs to stay thin and easy to clear from the body. Over the counter fever-lowering medicines like paracetamol are recommended to lower fever. Some doctors feel that because fever is part of the immune system's reaction to infecti
Answered: Sat, 20 Dec 2008
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Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by the Brucella bacteria. These bacteria are primarily passed among animals, and they cause disease in many different vertebrates. Various Brucella species affect sheep, goats, cattle, deer, elk, pigs, dogs, and several other animals. Humans become infected by coming in contact with animals or animal products that are contaminated with these bacteria. In humans, brucellosis can cause a range of symptoms that are similar to the flu and may include fever, sweats, headaches, back pains, and physical weakness. Severe infections of the central nervous systems or lining of the heart may occur. Brucellosis can also cause long-lasting or chronic symptoms that include recurrent fevers, joint pain, and fatigue. Acute brucellosis may begin with mild flu-like symptoms or with fever, chills, sweating, muscle aches (myalgia), joint aches and malaise. Usually, fever occurs every afternoon to levels around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Other symptoms may include weakness, weight
Answered: Sun, 21 Dec 2008
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