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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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 »

I have been suffering from high fever, body aches, and headache along with shivering. Do I have influenza?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from a high fever, body ache and headache since yesterday. My fever dropped in the evening to 102 degrees Fahrenheit after taking the tablet of Paracetamol. Later, the temperature shoots up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, I have shivering and vomiting. My body temp...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query, Please follow the below guidelines and stick to it. Gargle mouth with warm salt water at night regularly. Drink plenty of water atleast 1.5 liter daily. Eat more boiled vegetables and fruits. Eat well boiled rice . Try to avoid fatty...  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. C...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest medicine for relief from running nose, sore throat and fever.

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from running nose, sore throat, body pain and fever since yesterday. Kindly suggest some medicine for relief.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have influenza or the common cold. Since it is viral, it will run its course. However, you can take some medications for symptomatic relief.  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with type B flu recently. Why do I have a cough and congestion with greenish sputum even after taking medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with type B flu eight days ago. I am not having a fever, body aches, or chills. Instead, I have a cough and congestion. My doctor prescribed me Tamiflu for the infection, considering my stomach issues. She told me I would probably need other medications like Mucinex an...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Greenish sputum usually means a superadded bacterial infection along with the viral flu. You need proper prescription antibiotics to treat that, and unless you are put on an appropriate antibiotic, the infection will li...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old son has a fever, runny nose, dry cough, and nasal congestion. Are these symptoms occurring due to low immunity?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old and has a fever, runny nose, and dry cough. He takes a cough mixture and vaporub. Always he gets nasal congestion and red eyes. I try to keep away from antibiotics because he is always on them and constipated. He was first diagnosed with asthma at one, then la...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please understand that all children get recurring fever as their immunity is only in the developing stage. The immunity to the infecting bacteria or viruses grows with each infection. Good healthy foods and habits add up immunity. The common peo...  Read Full »

Do my fever, headache, and weakness indicate Dengue?

Query: Hi doctor, On 16th evening, I suddenly fell sick with symptoms like fever, sudden fatigue, chills, body aches (chest, legs, shoulders, head, eyes, almost all body). I was good during the day except for an itching in the throat. The weakness was so severe that I could not even walk a few steps. I fel...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is sure you had a viral fever. It looks like either influenza virus or dengue. Anyway, if your fever has subsided that means you have started developing an immunity to ...  Read Full »

Did the last flu shot cause my muscles to jump?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been told not to get a flu shot anymore until I am in my 60's because the last shot I had caused my muscles all over my body to jump for many months after. Not one doctor has explained why this happened or what the risks are to get flu shots in the future or what this means fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Flu shots are not as such known to cause the side effect mentioned by you. However, if you had the side effect then yes, you may experience the same taking another shot. You may, however, ask your doctor for a different brand. These days nasal spray shots are available...  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 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 »

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 »

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