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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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 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 »

Why do I suffer from cold and runny nose every summer?

Query: Hi doctor, During every summer season, I suffer from a cold and runny nose. What can be the reasons?  Read Full »

Dr. Murad Haider

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your case does not seem to be serious. The terms rhinorrhea and rhinitis are often used to refer a runny nose, it refers to inflammation of nasal tissues due to a number of reasons, which are as follows. Acute sinusitis. Allergies. Chronic sinusitis. Ch...  Read Full »

I am a 28-year-old male with fatigue, dry cough, fever, and breathing difficulty since morning. Is it COVID?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28-year-old male suspecting a COVID infection, so I isolated myself. I use masks and got two vaccinations. I have fatigue, dry cough, fever and breathing difficulty since morning. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to symptoms indicates influenza. COVID (coronavirus disease) could happen in vaccinated individuals as well but are often less severe and can be treated.Follow the below steps;1. Take complete blood count, C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), se...  Read Full »

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. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

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. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

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. Gunda Srinivas

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 »

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