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Flu is a contagious infectious infection or disease caused by the influenza virus. Fever, sore throat, hoarse voice, runny or stuffy nose, headache, fatigue, body pain, and cough are its symptoms. Sometimes they may also cause diarrhea and vomiting. Flu is transmissible through respiratory droplets while sneezing and coughing and through infected surfaces. Symptoms prevail for a maximum of one week in mild to moderate cases. Antivirals, painkillers, antipyretics, and symptomatic treatment gives relief.

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I had flu and throat pain and I took medicines for it. Now I have ear pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a feeling at night that I may be getting the flu and my throat was aching. So to be on the safer side I took medicine. On the next day, I had flu and in the evening I was slapped on the face. I was fine during the day. The next day my ear was aching and had a small flu. The da...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Ear pain can have various causes, including infections, changes in pressure, trauma, or even referred pain from nearby structures. Your earache may be related to the flu or a respiratory infection, as these conditio...  Read Full »

Can the body pain and runny nose in me be related to flu?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have the flu. It is just body pain and a runny nose for two days. I took Advil and Zyrtec in the morning and at night. Now I feel better but not the best. If this is flu, what all should I do apart from this to take care of me? I want to feel alright. Now I am fatigued. I do ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Yes, the possibility of viral upper respiratory tract infection is more likely. How is the COVID-19 situation in your city? I suggest taking ORS (oral rehydration solution) and multivitamin tablets for energy. Rest, and both medicines are...  Read Full »

Are red dots on my shoulder and back after a protected sex a sign of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor,Five months ago I had unprotected oral sex and protected vaginal sex with a sex worker. After six days, I got flu, sore throat, and dry cough. The fever and sore throat went away in four days, but the cough lasted for three to four weeks. I am unsure if it is from HIV or the common flu ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The answers to your queries are: Not all unprotected exposure will lead to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Your HIV antibody test is negative because you did not acquire HIV infection from the unprotected exposure you are worried about. ...  Read Full »

After I had a bad flu about a month ago, I am experiencing flashes in my eyes and blurred vision. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago I had a bad flu. While I had this flu, my eyes were itchy and watery. I began rubbing one eye and I noticed a 'flash burn' in the vision. This is like when you look at a bright light and there is a flash burn for a minute or so. Well, this burn happened all of a su...  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Conjunctivitis sometimes has a sequela of keratitis or immune-related white-colored dot-like infiltrates. They can be few to numerous. They obscure your visual axis and present with glare. The general line of treat...  Read Full »

I had a fever, cough, and body pain. Is it an H3N2 infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a fever, persistent cough, headache, body pain, and runny nose for the past few days. Even after taking medications, I am not getting any relief. Do my symptoms indicate an H3N2 infection? If so, how to manage this condition? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It may be an H3N2 viral infection. So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Take lukewarm water thrice daily. 2. Take steam inhalation thrice daily. 3. Do gargle with salt or turmeric pow...  Read Full »

My child’s temperature is not constant after flu shot. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My 20-year-old very healthy, active and fit daughter had the flu shot two weeks ago. Today she woke up this morning with lethargic, chills, shivering, cough, headache and body aches. She is sleeping on and off. Eating a little. It is unusual for her to get anything. No medications or h...  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Attack of flu is unlikely to come. However, it is possible to have some other viral infection leading to such symptoms like fever, cold, running nose, chills, and temperature. In such a situation, it is better to use a drug like Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) 10 mg per kg...  Read Full »

How can I overcome flu-like symptoms and boost my immunity?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old, and I often experience flu-like symptoms. I work in a restaurant, because of which my studies get affected. I get sick for at least a week, and I have to take leave when I am sick as I am not allowed to work due to strict COVID-19 guidelines. Why am I not tolerant to...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you take a quadrivalent flu vaccine annually, vitamin C 500 mg, and vitamin D3 60K tablets weekly. Eat protein-rich foods regularly to boost your immunity.  Read Full »

I had flu and headache after rabies vaccine. What is the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have issues with maxillary sinusitis, a nasal polyp, and chronic hepatitis B. A monkey had scratched me. The scratch was on the thumb of my right hand, which was not deep and covered only a 2 mm area with minor bleeding, which was not even flowing out of the wound. I was given a rabi...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I appreciate that you have taken the rabies vaccine, as most people deny it and avoid taking the shot. Also, having a fever and headache following vaccination is normal. So do not worry about that. Also, I would like...  Read Full »

I have flu from a couple of weeks. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 64 year old male, and I weight 80 kg, and my height is 1.62 m. I have this terrible flu from the last couple of weeks. I had three courses of antibiotic Clarithromycin for three days only, and I think that is the reason that the virus became stronger. I was also given two pills of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, you do not have any virus. The virus does not survive in the body for more than five days. The second thing is, viruses are not killed by any antibiotics. You are actually suffering from acute allergic bronchitis, and this requires patience and symptomatic ...  Read Full »

Can severe flu with severe back and chest pain be signs of pneumonia or bronchitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male with mild flu-like symptoms, like congestion, cough, and no fever, with severe upper back and chest pain. A friend of mine said it could be pneumonia or bronchitis. I am taking tablet Ibuprofen for pain and hydrating very frequently. Should I rush to a hospital...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, your symptoms suggest developing pneumonia. Sometimes, pneumonia presents without a fever, and the best way to diagnose it is to get a chest x-ray. If the chest x-ray comes normal, the possibility of URTI (upper respiratory tract infection) is to be kept, and the...  Read Full »

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