Complications of the flu can be quite severe. The most common of these are pulmonary complications, they include:
- bacterial pneumonia, lung abscess, acute respiratory distress syndrome
The most common non-pulmonary complications are
- bacterial rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, tracheitis
- viral encephalitis, meningitis, neuritis, myocarditis
In most cases, the flu is an unpleasant illness (with the exception of asymptomatic forms), but it eventually ends with a full recovery. However, it is important to recognize the development of complications of this respiratory viral infection in a timely manner.
If, after a decrease in temperature and recovery, the fever begins again, the body temperature rises to 38 ° C or higher, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
There are cases when you need to call an ambulance. Don't hesitate if your complain is about:
- difficult breathing or a condition when you can only breathe when you lean forward;
- if during coughing there is pain in the ribs on the right or left;
- if there are traces of blood in the coughed up sputum or it is pink in color;
- if taking antipyretic drugs does not give an effect;
- for children - if convulsions occur at high body temperature.
Flu symptoms are easily confused with those of other acute respiratory viral infections and COVID-19. We hope you understand how important it is to determine in a timely manner which virus caused the disease.
This is where a lab test helps. However, a more convenient option (and also cheaper and faster) is a home combined rapid test for COVID-19 and influenza A/B detection. Milistan Combi Nasal Rapid Test is an opportunity to find out in 15 minutes which virus caused the disease and choose the optimal treatment.