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How long should one expect the symptoms of Flu ie severe body

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How long should one expect the symptoms of Flu ie severe body pain, headaches, and sick feeling to last considering patient is 60 year old female with no other health problems and has been taking 4 hours medication Beachams Flu Plus for the last 6 days
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry you have been sick with the flu

Dr. David :

flu symptoms can take more time to resolve in older patients.

Dr. David :

sometimes influenza viral infections can take several weeks or even longer than a month to recover from, especially if you are 60 years old.

Dr. David :

you might even have to go to the hospital and get IV fluids and stronger medications to help you with your symptoms.

Dr. David :

how long have you been having flu symptoms?

Dr. David :

you might need to see your doctor to check to see if you need an antibiotic to hepl?

Customer:

My wife has been suffering what seem quite severe symptoms for 6 days

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

fever, runny nose, cough?

Customer:

Yes all of those symptoms plus a feeling of sickness in recent hours

Dr. David :

does she have a GP doctor she can see who can assess her?

Dr. David :

she might need a chest xray and sputum sample taken to see what bacteria could be causing her symptoms

Dr. David :

she might need to go on a course of antibiotics to help her feel better.

Customer:

if you consider it needed

Dr. David :

yes, she should see a GP doctor and get testing

Dr. David :

like a chest xray and sputum sample

Dr. David :

to see if she might need antibiotics.

Dr. David :

she could have a pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis.

Dr. David :

it might be more than just the flu.

Customer:

Thank you I will try to arrange

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