Influenza virus causes influenza. Four types of influenza virus are A, B, C, and D. Of these, types B and C infect humans. Symptoms of the flu include fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fatigue, body pain, and cough. It is contagious and can be transmitted from one person to another through respiratory droplets during coughing and sneezing. Symptoms last for a week. Symptomatic treatment can help.

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What are the cause of my husband's extreme shivering and profuse sweating at night?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband was in a below-freezing weather all weekend, day and night, for military training. Nine of the men he was with went to the hospital for various cold weather injuries. Since coming home, he has been suffering from what seems like a cold in the daytime, but at night, he has extr...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What you are describing sounds like the starting stages of a respiratory tract infection (RTI). Viral respiratory tract infections, especially influenza, are more common during colder periods of the year and have a high incidence in military settings. Virus or bacterial o...  Read Full »

Can flu happen anytime or only during a particular season?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had flu ever since I was three. I am now sixteen, but the flu happens all year round. The flu comes early in the morning after waking up and at night before sleep, and also when I wake up abruptly—my nose and eyes itches. My nose is also congested, and I can only breathe thr...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry to learn about your condition. Understandably, you want to get rid of this situation. Based on your description, I firmly believe this is an allergy-like auto-immune process. Maybe you have laboratory results with a full platelet count at home. Have a look at...  Read Full »

What causes anosmia in COVID-19 affected patients?

Query: Hello doctor, After a birthday party at home, even though I wore a mask, I suffered from flu for about one to two days, before a month. I got recovered from that. I got my first symptom- weakness and fever 17 days after this. Later, when a neighbor died of COVID-19, I self-isolated myself with my f...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from loss of smell and weakness. Loss of smell may result from various reasons like influenza, allergies, and many more. But, nowadays, COVID-19 is considered the main reason for the sudde...  Read Full »

What is the difference between COVID-19 and other influenza-like illness?

Query: Hi doctor,I have sneezing with nasal discharge. How to manage influenza-like illness?  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to the statement, you are suffering from sneezing, nasal drooling, or mouth breathing. You need to know about the treatment protocol for influenza-like illness (ILI). The signs and symptoms are fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, ...  Read Full »

What is the white stuff on my tonsils?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old female, and I thought I had strep throat. I went to the doctor to get a rapid strep test, but it came back negative. I then got a throat culture done, which I have not received. I have white furry looking stuff behind my tonsils. My throat was sore for three days, and m...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have a short history of sore throat and muscle pain, and your images show exudative pharyngitis. The most common reason is a viral infection, which will explain the sore throat...  Read Full »

How to treat high fever, body pain and headache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old female. Since yesterday, I have been suffering from high fever, body ache and headache. Fever dropped to 102 degree Fahrenheit in the evening. I had Crocin. Later, the temperature hit 104 degree Fahrenheit. I got shivers and vomited once. Still the temperature is same. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms that you described in your query are typical of influenza (viral infection of the respiratory tract). It does not require any specific treatment. There is no need of antibiotics as they are ineffective in this condition. You have to take painkillers only to...  Read Full »

How to control and prevent swine flu?

Query: Hello doctor, Please tell the best way to how can we control, remove and also prevent the swine flu?  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Gunda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Swine flu is caused by a virus called H1N1 and H3N2 group of influenza viruses that are widespread across continents. Since they spread by aerosols, which means that a person having swine flu can spread it by just sneezing and coughing and people around can get infec...  Read Full »

Can genital herpes be contracted from sharing water bottle?

Query: Hello doctor, My cousin was diagnosed with genital herpes a few days back. She also has a sore throat currently that the doctor thought was strep throat but the strep test was negative. I shared a water bottle with her recently. Could I have contracted herpes from sharing the water bottle?  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The sharing of water bottle is not known to spread herpes. Genital herpes spread through sexual route. The viral infection also can cause sore throat like influenza infection. It will give streptococcus negative test.  Read Full »

Kindly explain the reports of tests taken for fever, cold, and weakness.

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my full body checkup report. Please review, analyze and suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your attached report shows the following positive finding means notable finding (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Calcium deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, low transferrin saturation, and iron level, CRP positive, and abnormal thyroid report. Kindly m...  Read Full »

I have runny nose and body pain. Is it influenza?

Query: Hello doctor, My head hurts. I have got a bad runny nose, my whole body hurts, and feel very sick. Is this bad?  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms are quite consistent with influenza or the common cold. If you do not have a fever yet, you will be coming down with it soon. It is viral so it will run its course. Over the counter, Paracetamol will help with the fever and body ache. Do not take any other...  Read Full »

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