What is Influenza?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory condition that can lead to complications if left untreated, particularly in individuals with compromised health from pre-existing conditions. This viral illness often manifests with symptoms such as fever and respiratory distress. While influenza can be challenging, seeking prompt medical attention and adhering to prescribed treatments can significantly alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.

Influenza Symptoms

Symptoms for influenza can vary and differ in severity. The following signs are commonly associated with influenza. While these symptoms can be concerning, influenza is treatable.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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What Causes Influenza?

Influenza is a virus that can be categorized as type A, B, C, or D. Seasonal influenza A and B are prevalent during winter months. Influenza C is typically milder, and D mainly infects animals. The virus spreads primarily through droplets produced by the sneeze or cough of an infected person, as well as via contact with contaminated surfaces that transfer the virus. While the transmission of the influenza virus is a common occurrence, understanding its sources allows for preventive measures and targeted medical care to ease symptoms and promote recovery.

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Influenza Testing and Diagnosis

Influenza is diagnosed by taking a sample of mucus using a swab. The collected sample is tested, with results typically available within a day or two. This process enables healthcare professionals to identify the presence of the influenza virus, allowing for prompt and targeted treatment measures.

Your Primary Care Provider

Our providers can help you with preventative measures like vaccines and treatment options to stay healthier throughout the flu season.

Influenza Treatment

Influenza is commonly treated with antiviral medication, which your healthcare provider may prescribe to mitigate the impact of the virus. While receiving antiviral treatment, it is equally important to manage symptoms through rest, thorough hydration, and decongestion. By following your provider's guidance and incorporating these strategies, you can optimize your body's ability to combat the influenza virus.

Seek Influenza Solutions at Schneck

If you think you’re experiencing influenza, seek our expert support and compassionate care. Trust Schneck Primary Care to be your partner in restoring health and well-being. Contact us today and take the proactive step toward a smoother recovery from influenza.