In today's changing weather conditions, when one day is "minus" and the next is "pro", the spread of respiratory infections is active. Time changes weaken body defenses and promote the spread of viruses that cause respiratory illness. Both flu and other respiratory viruses.
Particular attention should be paid to patients with chronic lung disease that may be exacerbated by influenza or other respiratory viral diseases, says Madara Tirzite, a pneumonist from the Eastern Clinical University Hospital in Riga. Most often, the body overcomes the infection of the respiratory tract within 7-10 days and no special treatment is required. However, in some cases, the disease lasts longer, with inflammation of the sinus, pneumonia, lung caries or other complications, and then without the help of a doctor.
If the illness lasts for a long time, the person should not "forbid" who is guilty, but to contact a doctor for help. Often a person can not assess whether he is suffering from a virus or a bacterial infection. However, this is very important because antibiotic treatment is needed for bacterial infection, while antibiotics are ineffective for viral infection and can even worsen, says Tirzite.
A pneumonologist points out that similar symptoms such as colds are common to many illnesses, including very serious, in which case it is important to start treatment as soon as possible. Patients with chronic lung disease are urged to be particularly careful about their health.
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How to protect yourself from the flu? Recommended by a major infectious specialist
The flu has already taken away the lives of eight people and the flu epidemic has been announced in the country. At the same time, the number of influenza vaccines has decreased – they have already expired in vaccination rooms, but can be found only in individual pharmacies. Rutks.lv asked the chief specialist in the field of infections at the Eastern Clinical Hospital in Riga, prof. Ludmila Viksnahow to protect yourself against influenza infection.
Professor Viksna advises not to visit many people without special needs and to observe improved cleanliness – thoroughly wash your hands with soap whenever you come back from a public place or come into contact with objects that are touched by unknown people.
How long can a patient be dangerous to others?
The fact that contact with patients with influenza increases the risk of a person knows almost everyone. True, the disease will not manifest immediately – its incubation period may be up to four days. In addition, patients who suffer from influenza can infect others before symptoms begin to manifest.