Common symptoms of influenza include headache and fever; severe aches and pains; a runny or stuffy nose; and a cough, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Some patients experience fatigue, lack of energy and a sore throat when suffering from influenza.Continue Reading
Patients with influenza often experience respiratory congestion that can lead to serious conditions such as pneumonia, explains WebMD. Antibiotics are not typically successful in treating influenza because it is a viral infection similar to a cold. More than 100 different virus types can cause influenza or a common cold; both have similar symptoms.
Influenza is highly contagious and classified as a viral respiratory tract infection, states Johns Hopkins Medicine. The onset of symptoms typically starts quickly and affects people of all ages. Most patients only experience symptoms for a few days, yet the condition can develop into a serious illness if symptoms are not treated or the virus progresses.
People are infected with influenza by germs that pass from one person to another through the air, notes Johns Hopkins Medicine. For example, when a person infected with influenza coughs or sneezes, the airborne germs can transfer to another individual. The virus can also live on objects touched by infected individuals. Keyboards, telephone receivers, doorknobs and utensils can carry the virus for a short time.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases