Diagnosing Influenza

Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses influenza symptoms and treatments.

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Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses influenza symptoms and treatments.
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Featuring Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom, MD, Family Doctor

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Influenza, or the flu, is a viral illness caused by one of the many influenza viruses. The most common symptoms are high temperature of more than 38 degrees, up to 40 degrees of Celsius, headache, fatigue, cough and some body aches.

Influenza is a viral illness, and therefore antibiotics play no role in the treatment. If you are under normal circumstances you would just use symptomatic treatment like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control your temperature.

In order to do that you would make sure that you have adequate hydration with cold fluids, as well as sponge baths with lukewarm water to bring the temperature down even further.

If you are in the situation of a known flu epidemic, the rules change a little bit. It is advised that you see your health care provider fairly early on in the illness, since the use of an antiviral medication might be an appropriate option for you.

If these measures are not successful, it’s recommended that you consult with either your pharmacist or a family doctor to establish the next step in your treatment.

Presenter: Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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