Coughing, sneezing and wheezing, are the sounds that you get to hear the most during the winter season. This is predominantly owing to the fact that respiratory infections are on the rise during winter. This is primarily caused by the influenza virus that is found all across the globe. The infection that lasts for about 3 to 7 days can give rise to many irritable symptoms that leave you completely drained of energy and may take weeks to recover completely. Seasonal influenza is marked by the acute onset of symptoms that aggravate within hours. You may initially experience slight irritation in the throat and watery eyes and within no time you’ll be coughing, sneezing and shivering with fever and body ache.
Seasonal influenza can affect anyone and everyone, irrespective of age. It is due to this very reason that people of all age groups are required to follow some simple guidelines, so as to bring down their risks of developing seasonal flu. We have listed some of these in this blog. However, before starting, let us first try to understand a few more things
Who is at risk of developing seasonal influenza?
As mentioned already, anyone can develop seasonal influenza, but, indeed, some people tend to be more vulnerable. These include:
If you can relate to any of these risk factors, it is important to be careful and seek immediate medical help if you start experiencing any of the related symptoms.
What are the symptoms of seasonal flu?
The symptoms of seasonal flu are very much similar to those of the common cold, only more severe and abrupt. Common symptoms that you need to watch out for include:
Luckily, you can ward off the risks of seasonal flu to some extent, by following these simple guidelines:
It is important to recognize worsening of warning symptoms such as breathlessness etc. There is possibility of pneumonia and sepsis in high risk groups if the condition is not treated on time.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, consult a doctor and get yourself evaluated.
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Head of the Department & Senior Consultant,
Internal Medicine and Diabetology