Signs and Symptoms of Avian Flu

My Doctor Finder
August 18, 2017

You may have Avian Flu if you experience typical flu-like symptoms such as:

  • Coughing, usually dry
  • Hoarse voice
  • High fever, over 38 degrees centigrade
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Aching bones, joints, and muscles
  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Chest pain
  • Cold sweats and chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Upset stomach, sometimes involving diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Bloody sputum
  • Pneumonia
  • Breathing difficulties

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antiviral medications can stop the virus from multiplying and improve outcomes for patients. Antiviral medications like Tamiflu should be administered within 48 hours after symptoms appear, for best effect. The dose and length of treatment will depend on how severe the case is. Patients with stomach problems may not be able to absorb the drug as effectively as others. Patients who are diagnosed of having avian flu should remain at home, or remain isolated in the hospital. Apart from taking Tamiflu, healthcare professionals advise patients to:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Receive proper nutrition
  • Receive medications for pain and fever, as prescribed by a healthcare professional

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