Here’s what you need to know about the Influenza type B virus

Generally known as the flu, Influenza is a form of respiratory infection that is triggered by flu viruses. There are 3 identified types of flu; i.e. A, B, and C. Type A is the most widespread variety of influenza that can be contracted via animals and is also known to cause epidemics.

Similarly, type B is also highly contagious. However, unlike type A, type B only spreads via human contact. It is a misleading belief that type B is a comparatively milder form of influenza. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that type B can be as severe as type A. Therefore, it is important to seek timely and proper treatment for this condition.

Type C is the mildest kind of influenza, indicating one might not be critically affected by the symptoms.

Symptoms of influenza type B virus
An early diagnosis of influenza type B can prevent the condition from worsening and help the doctor adopt the most effective type of treatment. The primary symptom of flu is a high fever that could be as high as 106ºF. If the fever doesn’t come down within a couple of days, one should immediately seek medical assistance. Some of the other common symptoms of influenza type B are a sore throat, coughing, chills, fatigue, body ache, runny nose, and sneezing.

Like a common cold, influenza can trigger respiratory symptoms that can include congestion, coughing, sore throat, and a runny nose. These might affect a person more severely, especially in cases, where the patient is already dealing with asthma. Such symptoms can also trigger an asthmatic episode. If left untreated it can lead to grave consequences such as pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney or respiratory failure, sepsis, or myocarditis (inflammation of the heart).

In rare cases, the flu may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. This might be more common in children and can be mistaken for a stomach bug. Additionally, kids may also suffer from symptoms like loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.

Treating type B influenza
To treat type B influenza, a doctor might prescribe antiviral medications or pain-relievers to cut down the infection period and prevent the onset of any new complications. It is extremely important that you have plenty of hydrating fluids and get adequate rest to bounce back faster. If your child is exhibiting the symptoms of influenza, it is wiser to consult the doctor before trying any home treatment methods or remedies.

One of the best ways to prevent type B influenza is by getting an annual shot just before the flu season.