Influenza A symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sneezing, coughing, and runny nose. Influenza virus type A is the most common type of the flu, and its symptoms are typically more severe than symptoms of type B or type C. Influenza A symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a cold, except that fever is rare with a cold and common with the flu. Flu symptoms tend to be more severe than cold symptoms, as well. Flu symptoms also tend to come on very quickly.
The best way to prevent influenza virus type A is to get a flu shot. Despite what some people think, you cannot get the flu from getting a flu shot because the shot is not made from live virus. Some people may have a minor reaction to the shot, though, that can cause some flu-like symptoms like muscle aches and a low fever. Such reactions are relatively rare, though. Getting a flu shot does not guarantee you won't catch the flu anyway, but it definitely lowers your risk significantly.
The next best way to prevent the flu is to wash your hands a lot with soap and water, especially when you've been around someone who is sick. But since you might not always know when you've been around someone with the flu, frequent washing all the time is your best bet.
There is a homeopathic remedy you can take to help prevent the flu. It is called Instant Immunity, and we'll tell you more about that in a moment.
Some people take extra vitamin C to help prevent or treat the flu, but there is no evidence that this actually works.
Treatment is usually aimed at relieving influenza A symptoms. There are a variety of over-the-counter medications you can take for relief. For instance, you can take Tylenol for fever and headache, antihistamines for a runny nose, decongestants for a stuffy head, and a cough suppressant if you have a cough. These medications don't cure influenza virus type A, they just help with the symptoms. They may have side effects, such as causing drowsiness or insomnia.
There are antiviral medications that are available by prescription that may help speed the process of recovery from the flu. Doctors don't always prescribe these because flu symptoms usually go away on their own in time without treatment, but if you see your doctor for the flu you might be given a prescription. There are some side effects associated with antiviral medications. For instance, Tamiflu can cause nausea and vomiting, confusion, mental status changes, and skin reactions.
Some people prefer to use natural treatments for relief from influenza A symptoms.
There are a couple of homeopathic remedies you might want to try for dealing with influenza virus type A. Both of these products contain 100% all natural ingredients:
See a doctor in mid-fall if you want to get vaccinated against influenza virus type A. You normally don't need to see a doctor for influenza A symptoms, but if your symptoms last longer than a week, if they are really severe, if you have a very high fever, or if you have trouble breathing, you should see a doctor. In rare cases, the flu can be very serious, even deadly, so see a doctor if you have any concerns.
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