TamifluTamiflu is prescribed for treating or preventing influenza. It belongs to a group of medicines named "neuraminidase inhibitors". These medicines prevent the influenza virus from spreading inside the body and so help to ease or prevent the symptoms arising from the influenza virus infection.
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Influenza, also known as “the flu”, is a viral infection that affects thousands of people in the United Kingdom every year. Influenza is extremely infectious with sufferers contracting mild or severe infections that in severe cases can lead to serious complications depending on the patient’s age and health.
Influenza generally lasts a week, but in severe cases it can last longer. Influenza starts quickly with the rapid onset of a high fever, aching muscles, nasal congestion, headaches, a cough, sore throat and inflammation of the nasal passages.
Influenza is a serious concern for the very young or elderly and those with underlying medical issues.
The flu vaccination can help avoid the disease or an effective prescription medication, such as Tamiflu, can prevent and reduce the duration of illness and reduce the severity of the symptoms.
How Influenza is spread?
Influenza or “the flu” is an illness caused by RNA viruses and results in an infection of the respiratory tract. Influenza is spread by droplet from one person to another via coughs and sneezes, or through direct contact. Once the infection has entered the respiratory tract it spreads rapidly in the environment provided by the respiratory system.
The key to avoiding the flue is to be careful of what you are exposing yourself to and in the flu season to regularly wash your hands throughout the day in order to mitigate expose to the virus when picked up from surfaces.
The General Symptoms of Influenza
The common cold and influenza can have similar symptoms; however Influenza symptoms are more severe. Influenza treatments should be used as soon as possible to improve recovery time and reduce the risk of serious infection.
Influenza treatments such as Tamiflu are used to treat the following symptoms:
- Fevers between 38c to 40c high
- Congestion in nose and lungs
- Sore throat
- Aches and pains
The three different types of Influenza
Infuenza can be categorised by three types: A, B and C. Types A & B are the most severe and are responsible for epidemics of respiratory illness that occur almost every winter.
Type A has acute symptoms and there tends to be large scale outbreaks every three years. Swine Flu and Avian Flu are Type A viruses and immediate treatment is essential for the sufferer.
Type B of the Influenza virus is not as severe as Type A although the symptoms can appear to be similar.
Type C is the mildest form of Influenza and has similar symptoms to a mild winter cold. A Type C infection shouldn’t normally require any treatment.
The risk of Influenza Infection
The speed at which the Influenza virus is spread is increased in densely populated areas, where people are living in close proximity. If you live in a densely populated area you are advised to take precautions by using an influenza treatment such as Tamiflu to reduce your chances of contracting the virus.
People at the most risk are older than 60, young children or people with a weakened immune system and Influenza can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia for people in these high risk groups, therefore treatment is essential.
Influenza is a Virus
Influenza is a viral infection and as such it cannot be treated with Antibiotics. Prescription only Influenza treatments reduce the spread of the virus, with discomfort eliminated by suppressing the symptoms. Once the virus has been contracted the patient should take Influenza medication with bed rest with and a suitable dose of pain killers.
PrivateDoc prescription medication for Influenza
Tamiflu can be taken up to two days after initial symptoms appear, and should reduce the severity of the infection by several days. The risk of complications such as pneumonia can also be reduced by taking Tamiflu. Tamiflu is suitable for use from 1 year old.
Relenza is a drug that is inhaled and treatment must commence within the first 48 hours from the first signs of infection. It should only be used by patients over the age of 5 and it is not recommended for patient with asthma or respiratory problems.
If you feel that you are suffering the symptoms of flu a prescription medication could be the right choice for you. If you are not already suffering from the symptoms of Influenza, it is another way to protect yourself from infection particularly if you are in close proximity to someone with Influenza already.
PrivateDoc can issue a prescription for Tamiflu following a consultation. You will order your medication and will not be charged unless the doctor prescribes the medication to you.