Influenza B is one of the three common types of flu in Vietnam. Compared with influenza A and influenza C, the symptoms of this type of flu are less dangerous. However, each person himself needs to learn and update his knowledge to know what influenza B is and how to respond if caught. To answer these questions, we will share with you some knowledge in the following article.
What are Influenza B and its symptoms?
What is Influenza B? This is a disease caused by a benign virus. This virus will cause the common flu and is not too severe. The condition can be transmitted through the respiratory tract with an incubation period of 1 to 3 days.
Under weather conditions, influenza B will be very favourable to develop and attack the respiratory tract. All subjects are likely to be infected with influenza B, especially the elderly, children under five years old, immunocompromised people, etc.
Patients with influenza B will have a high fever from about 38 to 40 degrees Celsius with some other symptoms such as:
- Neck pain.
- Sore throat.
Respiratory symptoms caused by influenza B can be severe and complicated depending on the location and subject of the illness.
When the fever is high, if the patient does not take antipyretic, he will experience some symptoms such as:
- Body aches.
When you have these signs, find a way to handle them promptly if you don’t want to affect your life:
- Bitter mouth, loss of appetite.
- Lethargy, high fever can cause convulsions in young children.
The symptoms of influenza B are usually not severe and can be confused with some respiratory illnesses. However, if not detected and treated promptly, the disease can cause pneumonia, respiratory failure, kidney failure, heart inflammation, bronchitis, sepsis, etc. Asthma is more likely to worsen symptoms, even triggering a severe asthma attack.
Distinguish types of influenza A, B, C
All three types of flu will have quite similar symptoms, so it is necessary to distinguish them to be examined and have appropriate treatment:
- The most common form of influenza can be transmitted from animals to humans.
- Many strains, such as H5N1, H1N1, H7N9, etc., have a high recombination ability to form many new songs.
- The risk of spreading in the air is high, the nature of pathogens is diverse, so there is the possibility of causing a pandemic.
- Accompanying symptoms are severe, prone to complications.
- It can be spread from sick person to healthy person
- There is a single strain of the virus that causes disease.
- The risk of an outbreak is not high.
- Symptoms of influenza B are mild and less dangerous; however, if left untreated for a long time can seriously affect health.
- Rated as lightest.
- Symptoms of influenza C are not harmful.
Who is susceptible to complications from influenza B infection?
Symptoms of influenza B may improve on their own without treatment. However, some people are at risk for complications, including:
- Pregnant women.
- Women less than two weeks postpartum.
- People with weak immune systems or having certain chronic diseases.
- Children under five years old.
- Older adults over 65 years old.
For those who are children with influenza B, parents need to take their children to a timely and prompt examination at reputable and reliable medical facilities before giving home treatment measures. In case of parents arbitrarily use the drug without the advice of a doctor will increase the risk of complications for the child.
Methods of Treatment of influenza B
For diseases caused by influenza B virus or other viruses, there is currently no specific treatment. However, doctors can still prescribe antipyretic drugs to treat the symptoms that appear on the patient, minimizing the risk of complications. Here are some treatments shared by MEDLATEC doctors:
- Take fever reducer.
- Rest in a room with open space, a clean environment.
- Using foods containing herbs, minerals, vitamins helps to increase resistance, immune system, eliminates pathogens and prevents complications caused by viruses.
- Add nutrients to the menu every day.
- Get the influenza B vaccine to protect yourself against invading viruses.
Above are our shares to help you understand what influenza B is and how to treat it effectively. We hope that the information we provide will be helpful to you.