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Influenza (flu)

Causes, symptoms and treatment for treating the flu virus

This condition is commonly known as the flu and is a highly contagious viral infection, which is passed easily from person-to-person. Flu causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as a stuffy nose, sore throat, aches and pains, and fatigue. Most people can fight off the flu within a week or more, but certain people are seriously at risk from this virus. The very young or old, and those with underlying health conditions, can develop potentially fatal complications as a result of influenza and should seek immediate influenza treatment if they show signs of infection. Asthmatics are also advised to seek treatment for flu, or get the flu jab over the winter months, as they have a weakened immune system.

Tamiflu can be purchased on prescription at euroClinix without having to visit your doctor. This can allow you to get a prescription to treat influenza symptoms without having to wait for an appointment. As well as being able to treat influenza symptoms it can also help to protect those that have been in contact with others with the flu from getting it too. To get Tamiflu online, you have to first fill in an online consultation form. This will take a few minutes and allow the doctor to check that the medication is right for you. Once this is agreed it can be discreetly packaged and delivered to people in the London area the same day if the order is placed before 4.30pm. For later order placements and those living outside of London the medication will be delivered the next day. Both delivery options are completely free.

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What exactly is influenza?

Influenza is an extremely contagious viral illness that can be passed from one person to another just by touch, sneezing or coughing. It can be passed on 24 hours before symptoms appear - meaning you can be asymptomatic at the time and still spread the virus - and the person with influenza continues to be contagious for up to seven days after influenza symptoms appear. Because of its effect on the respiratory system people with lung problems such as asthma, COPD and low immune systems can find that the flu exacerbates their existing condition(s).

An RNA virus that infects the respiratory tract and is spread by saliva droplets or direct contact causes influenza. This virus replicates within the tract, spreading its damage to your body's host cells.

This virus can be divided into three types: type A, B and C. Type C is the mildest of the three and rarely leads to serious consequences. Types A and B are more serious, with A being the most severe of the two. New strains of these viruses evolve every few years and can spread very quickly across the globe. The most virulent forms of the virus in recent years, swine flu and avian flu, are both caused by type A.

What causes influenza?

There are different types of influenza, the main ones being known as type A,B and C. all of them are spread in the same way by physical contact, sneezing, coughing or passing the virus through touching an object an infected person has previously touched. It can be spread to others from a six food distance by inhaling droplets expelled by coughing and sneezing.

  • Type A – this form of influenza is the most serious and has been shown to originate from wild animals and birds. Other names for this type of flu include swine and avian flu. Outbreaks are more common when the weather gets colder between autumn and spring.
  • Type B – this type of flu is causes milder influenza symptoms to type A but occurs throughout all seasons.
  • Type C- type C causes the mildest symptoms of all three main types and can usually be fought off by the immune system within a few days, so long as there are no other underlying medical conditions.

Is influenza serious?

Most people's immune systems are strong enough to resist the virus, and although they may experience some unpleasant symptoms, most people will recover within a week, with a few symptoms persisting for longer. People with existing conditions, such as asthma, pulmonary disease, cancer, and those who are pregnant, very young or very old, could be at serious risk. This condition can leave these people susceptible to a serious infection, such as pneumonia, which could be potentially fatal.

Risk groups should seek an effective form of this treatment or prevention to protect themselves against the virus. Others can also benefit from this treatment and reduce the severity of their symptoms as well as speed up recovery time.

The symptoms of Influenza infection

What are the symptoms of influenza?

The symptoms of influenza are similar to those of a cold; however they are worse in severity and more likely to cause problems in at risk groups. Flu symptoms are usually abrupt and develop quite quickly, these symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Fever (usually high) and chills
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches

People with compromised immune systems and lung conditions are more at risk of complications such as pneumonia.

What's the difference between having a cold and having the flu?

It's important to know the difference between having a cold, which is not very serious, and having the flu, which can be very serious. Symptoms of flu develop very quickly, while the symptoms of a cold will develop more slowly. A cough is usually the first symptom of flu, but without stuffiness. A cold will usually start with a blocked or runny nose, or sore throat. If you have a cold, you do not need to use an influenza treatment.

How to treat influenza

Those who aren't in a risk group can recover naturally from this condition. Rest and plenty of fluids are recommended while the body attacks the symptoms naturally. Over-the-counter medications can be used to alleviate the symptoms, such as runny nose and a sore throat, and are widely available to buy from pharmacies. An influenza treatment can be used to speed up recovery and reduce the severity of uncomfortable symptoms.

What prescription influenza treatments are there?

Tamiflu is the most widely prescribed influenza treatment and can be taken by anyone over the age of one. Tamiflu contains the active ingredient oseltamivir, which works by preventing the virus from spreading. It's recommended for two groups of people: those who are experiencing the early symptoms can take the medication to speed up their recovery by one to two days and also to make the symptoms less severe. Tamiflu can also be taken by a person who has come into contact with someone who has the virus and is concerned that they may develop the virus.

How to prevent influenza

To prevent flu the main advice given by health professional is to practice good hygiene. This involves keeping not only your hands clean by washing regularly with soap and water but also surfaces in the workplace and home including door handles, keyboards and shared pens/pencils.

The flu jab can help to prevent and/or minimize flu symptoms, however because the strains of flu often change it cannot protect against all strains.

The final and most effective way to prevent flu is to use Tamiflu if you have been in contact with someone that has flu. In the workplace where equipment is often shared/touched by others, residential care homes and where there has been a big outbreak Tamiflu can prevent influenza and treat symptoms if they have already begun. It is available in packs of 10,20,30,40 and 50 tablets each containing 75mg of the active ingredient Oseltamivir.

How to buy influenza treatment safely online

To buy influenza treatment safely online you will first need to fill in a fast online consultation form. This will ensure you are getting the right treatment and that it won't interact with any other medications you are currently taking. Once the form has been signed by a doctor your prescription will be sent to the pharmacy for fast free delivery if you live in London and order before 4:30pm. This will be same day discreet deliver to your home address. Elsewhere in the UK the free delivery service is next day.

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