Symptoms of influenza

Influenza is an acute respiratory disease transmitted by airborne droplets. It differs from other similar diseases with more severe course and severe complications. As a rule, elderly people, young children, people suffering from chronic heart, lung and kidney diseases are particularly affected.
The disease begins with a mild ailment, characteristic of most of the infectious diseases. Then there is a sharp deterioration, a severe headache, also joint and muscle pain, body temperature increases sharply, there comes a general weakness. Later there is a dry cough, breathing feels pain in the chest, does not bypass the side and a cold.

If the immune system is strong, then the symptoms described above decrease gradually and imperceptibly, but the complete disappearance of symptoms occurs about eight days or ten days later. At the same time, this is not considered a final recovery, a severely weakened body will need a month to fully recover.

Symptoms of the flu

How the disease begins

Influenza : sharply and always acutely, as a rule, a person can say even an hour when he fell ill.
ORVI : gradually, increasing with each passing day.


Flu : for several hours rises to 39-40 C and above, holds a minimum of 3 days.
ORVI : does not rise very much, usually it is below 38,5 С, it can pass for a day or two.


Flu : body aches, chills, sweat, severe pain in the temples, pain in the eyes when you try to move them, photophobia.
ASVI : weakness, but without pronounced pain.


Influenza : usually does not happen. If manifested, then on the second day of the disease and not bright. Occasionally - sneezing. Often conjunctivitis.
ARVI : the nose is stuffed, the sensation of an edema. Strong rhinitis. Frequent sneezing. Eyes rumple, but conjunctivitis, as a rule, no.


Flu : reddened and swollen posterior pharyngeal wall and soft palate. On the second day there is a painful cough, a pain in the chest. Cough can develop into bronchitis and last two to three weeks.
ASVI : red and friable all the time of illness. A dry, abrupt cough.

Gastrointestinal tract

Influenza : quite often can accompany vomiting and diarrhea, especially if the "H1N1" virus, which in this season will also be circulating, is attached to you.
ARVI : Diarrhea and vomiting are rare.

Time of illness

Influenza : febrile period up to 4 days, as a rule, the disease is coming to naught in 10 days. But after the temperature drops, within 2-3 weeks may not pass insomnia, headache, weakness, irritability, fatigue.
ASVI : symptoms persist for about 7 days. Asthenic syndrome( that is, fatigue and weakness) after the disease there.

If you feel that you are about to be covered by a disease - it itches in your nose, your head aches, it's a little tickled in your throat, but you have no obvious symptoms, try to prevent the disease:

  • Make sure you have a nose and throat, rinse, rinse,mucous membranes.
  • Several times a day, dig in a couple of drops of interferon in each nostril( interferon can also be bought as a spray).Do this every two hours in the nose, if you feel the first signs of the disease.
  • After all procedures, you can use some light antiseptics( the same camomile).

Remember that immunity is reduced not only because of a cold, but also because of overheating-hypothermia or stress.
It's important to know! Influenza can lead to serious complications: pneumonia, otitis, sinusitis, frontal sinusitis, cardiovascular disease, kidneys, joints, etc. And if you do not comply with bed rest, the consequences will be very high probability. So, if you are ill, stay at home and be treated.

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