Recognizing Influenza B Symptoms

This article will go over the most common and then some of the rarer Influenza B symptoms one could experience.


Influenza B virus springs from the family of Orthomyxoviridae, which particularly infects humans and seals. Of the two main types of Influenza, this variation appears milder than the Influenza A, although it mutates slower, the immunity of the person still does not last very long. The virus is contracted though droplet infection and can almost be contracted at any point during the year, but most especially in fall and winter seasons.


Influenza B has plagued the world with its very common symptoms that are often neglected by patients infected. It is not an easy illness to shake off as it causes morbidity and mortality to certain individuals. The individual experiences a rapid onset of weakening symptoms that may hinder daily functioning. Medical consult and help should be sought whenever the following classical symptoms are noticed:


Fever- This symptom is very common. Although it may generally be indicative of a thousand diseases, a temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit to 106 Fahrenheit degrees accompanied with other symptoms of this type of Influenza is not a symptom to be overlooked. Fever may be exceptionally high among young children. This symptom may be accompanied with chills and sweats as the temperature intermittently rises and falls. An antipyretic drug may be ingested to lower the fever, and certain measures such a tepid sponge bath should be continuously applied.


Cough and Colds- May be manifested through a very dry hacking cough, sneezing and a runny nose. Proper hygiene should be practiced as these droplets from a simple sneeze can be a source of communicable infection for other people. The coughing may be severe and painful as it is dry and unproductive.


Headache- This is manifested as pain from a very irritating unproductive cough. This may also probably result from the inflammation of the sinuses which the virus can produce.


Body Pain and Fatigue- This is experienced suddenly and abruptly with even the lightest materials against the skin may impose a certain amount of aching. The individual feels much worn out and tired from simple activities that usually don’t take too much energy with optimum health. The body ache is generally felt all over the body and drowsiness is also felt due to fatigue.


Other symptoms that may be experienced are nausea, vomiting, night sweats, and loss of appetite. These symptoms of Influenza B should be dealt with immediately as many children especially babies may suffer from it. Other possible complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. Medical consult is advised to acquire the proper medical management and treatment. Self- medication is not advised as some strains of the virus may be difficult to treat as it may have been mutated to become resistant to usual remedies. This type of influenza mutates slower than Influenza A but is faster that Influenza C. It may cause an epidemic, but not likely to be a pandemic concern. Nevertheless, the proper acknowledgement of the disease and its treatment may well prevent a catastrophic spread of the disease. The recovery period for this type of influenza usually last for 1 to 2 weeks. Individuals may be prevented from acquiring the disease by obtaining a flu shot or vaccine.


I hope you have learned everything you needed to know about influenza B symptoms and enjoyed this article.

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