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Influenza B, the most widespread symptoms of the intestinal virus

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Influenza B, the most widespread symptoms of the intestinal virus


As the month of March continues, Deputy National Secretary of the Italian Federation of general practitioners (Fimmg), Pierluigi Bartoletti, warns of the rise of respiratory and intestinal diseases, particularly influenza B. Bartoletti notes that the sudden changes in temperatures and transitions from dry to wet weather have created conditions not typical of spring, leading to an increase in cases of intestinal viruses causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, especially among the working population aged 30-50.

“Influenza B has yet to arrive, which typically strikes children and young people between March and April,” Bartoletti explains. He emphasizes the importance of rehydration and patience in treating these viruses, suggesting that individuals may need to skip meals or eat lightly if they are experiencing a lack of appetite.

Influenza B infection presents with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, fatigue, and muscle pain. While cases of influenza B are less frequent than those caused by type A viruses, the disease can still be severe and may lead to complications requiring hospitalization, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or myocarditis.

Since influenza B is a viral infection, it cannot be treated with antibiotics, but symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Prevention through hygiene practices and vaccination is key in avoiding the spread of the virus.

As March progresses, individuals are urged to be vigilant about their health and seek medical advice if they experience severe symptoms or complications related to influenza B. Bartoletti stresses the importance of staying informed and taking necessary precautions to protect against the prevalence of respiratory and intestinal diseases during this challenging month.

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