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 am worried about if my chest X-ray has any nodules of concern. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking for a second opinion regarding my chest x-ray. The chest x-ray showed no masses, nodules or pneumonia. I just have a very mild inflammation and an old rib injury. The doctor told me that I had heart deformities, but I already knew about those.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your x-ray reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There appears to be a mild prominence of the bronchovascular markings in both the lungs, more so in the lower lobes. This is not a serious problem and sometimes can occur without any acc...  Read Full »

I am taking medications for flu symptoms for the past two weeks, but with no benefits. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing flu symptoms for a week now, and I still have the symptoms. I am unable to go to work because I am still sick. I am taking Lexapro, Singulair, birth control pills, Verapamil, Trazodone, Omeprazole, Carafate, Methocarbamol, and Famotidine. I had the blood work, uri...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you to take the following medications for three days, 1. Tablet Doxy (Doxycycline) 100 mg twice daily after food. 2. Tablet Montair FX (Montelukast and Fexofenadine) one tablet twice daily. 3. Tablet Dolo (Paracetamol) 650 mg twice every day. 4. Tablet ...  Read Full »

What can I do to prevent myself from getting seasonal flu?

Query: Hello doctor, I always get infected by the seasonal flu. When infected, it makes me fall very sick. I would like to know how I can protect myself from getting infected? Is the immunity low that I get infected with this seasonal flu? In that case, how can I raise the immunity? If I fall sick again, i...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The best way to protect yourself from getting infected is by vaccinating with a Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine. Also, take adequate measures to prevent catching the infection. I suggest the following: Vitamin C 500 mg one tablet once daily. ...  Read Full »

I am 19 years old and experience flu-like symptoms. What can I do to overcome these 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Despite a negative antigen test, I am experiencing flu-like symptoms. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, dry, sore throat, sneezing, fatigue, and headache all day. I did an antigen test, and it is negative. Could you please give me a sick note for my job? I will not be able to go from tomorrow. I worked today but was not feeling well...  Read Full »

Dr. Md. Ahsan Habib

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I suggest you consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take the following medicines with their consent. 1) Tablet Montelukast 10 mg thrice daily for five days. 2) Tablet Amitriptyline Hydrochloride 10 mg thrice daily...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

When is the right time for my seven and a half years old daughter to receive the flu vaccine?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 7 and a half months old and weighs around 8 kg. Overall, she is fine as per the latest check-up. After six months of breastfeed, she was started on solid foods as per the following schedule: 8 to 9 AM - cerelac wheat, 12 to 1 PM - rice, dhal, vegetable, 4 to 5 PM - fruit j...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she does not take fruits, please do not force her. Try some dishes with other fruits like boiled and crushed apple, mashed musk melon, etc. The taste keeps changing. Hence, if she refuses anything you can retry again after two weeks. Wheat is to be given after complet...  Read Full »

I suffer from a severe cold and running nose, and I am taking antibiotics. Can I use an over-the-counter nasal spray for better relief?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a very severe cold with a runny nose and a lot of cough and sneezing. I am taking Amoxicillin with Ibugesic plus for fever. Now, can I take any over-the-counter nasal spray which can give instant relief?  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Parvez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The best home remedy will be to take a steam inhalation four to five times a day. Regarding the nasal spray, taking Nasivion nasal spray (Oxymetazoline), two sprays in each nostril, twice a day for three days might provide some relief. If your symptoms persist consult ...  Read Full »

Can my husband, who is attending to a relative diagnosed with swine flu, take preventive care?

Query: Hello doctor, My 46 year old husband is caring for a sick relative who is in the hospital. As per the reports received today, the relative has been diagnosed with H1N1. Should my husband take any preventive medicines so that he does not get the virus? I heard that Tamiflu can be taken as a preventiv...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) can be taken as prophylaxis in this case. I suggest a dose of 75 mg once a day for at least 10 days in the absence of any renal or liver derangements. Consult your physician, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines with their ...  Read Full »

I cannot detect any smell and I can taste a little. What could be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20 years old. About eight months ago, I had a cough that lasted for two weeks. Now I do not have a nasal blockage. But I cannot detect any smell and I can taste a little. I can smell only when the substance is very close to the nose. Please help me with the cure.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry for the discomfort. Loss of smell can occur due to cold or flu, nasal infection, or allergic rhinitis. However, once the cause is treated, the smell and taste sensation will return. I suggest some home remedies you can try which might help smell and taste back o...  Read Full »

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