Which flu is worse A or B?
Influenza type A and type B are similar, but type A is overall more prevalent, sometimes more severe, and can cause flu epidemics and pandemics.
Is Type B flu contagious?
Similar to type A, influenza B is also highly contagious and can have dangerous effects on your health in more severe cases. However, this form can only be spread from human to human. Type B influenza can cause seasonal outbreaks and can be transferred throughout the year.
How long does flu B last?
For most healthy people, the flu is an uncomfortable but short-term illness that resolves itself as the immune system fights it off. Symptoms usually appear from one to four days after exposure to the virus, and they last five to seven days.
Can You Get Flu A after having flu B?
Unfortunately, no. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That’s because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
How do you treat Type B flu?
Several over-the-counter medications can help ease the symptoms of influenza. These are available from medicine stores. In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a course of antiviral drugs. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are drugs that doctors may use to treat type A or type B influenza.
What is the fastest home remedy for flu?
Here are some good foods to eat when you’re battling a cold or flu: Bananas and rice to soothe an upset stomach and curb diarrhea. Vitamin C-containing foods like bell peppers. Blueberries curb diarrhea and are high in natural aspirin, which may lower fevers and help with aches and pains.
How long is the flu contagious?
Period of Contagiousness
People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
Is flu A virus or bacteria?
How is it different from a cold? The flu is a viral infection caused by the influenza virus, a respiratory virus. The common cold is also a viral infection caused by the adenovirus or coronavirus and there are many, many subsets with a lot of variability.
Is the flu contagious without a fever?
The flu is contagious regardless of whether or not you have a fever. You’ll still be contagious for five to seven days even if your fever breaks early on.
How long is the incubation period for the flu 2020?
While the general incubation period for the flu is usually between one and four days, this period can vary from person to person. The average incubation period for the flu is two days . This means that, on average, people start to develop flu symptoms about two days after coming into contact with the influenza virus.
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