Influenza (the "flu")

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What is influenza (the "flu")?

Influenza, commonly known as the "flu", is an acute viral infection involving the respiratory tract. Symptoms of the flu may include fever, cough, runny nose, congestion, body aches, sore throat, chills, and fatigue.

Common symptoms reported by people with influenza (the "flu")

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with influenza (the "flu")

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2) pain (1)

Data from patients with influenza (the "flu"), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with influenza (the "flu")

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
for influenza (the "flu") (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
tremor in hands
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2) pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with influenza (the "flu"), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has influenza (the "flu") on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 3
30s 11
40s 5
50s 8
60s 6
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 6
Female 28

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 0
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from influenza (the "flu") patients who have completed their condition history
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