H3N2 Virus Cases Spike : 10 Symptoms you should watch out for

H3N2 Symptoms, treatment and precautions. Influenza subtype variant H3N2 is on the rise in India. Doctors have shared a list of symptoms and advised the treatment and precautions as the virus spikes across the country.

Updated Mar 10, 2023 | 02:11 PM IST

H3N2 Influenza Virus: H3N2 Symptoms, Treatment, Precautions

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H3N2 Influenza virus is on the spread in India. In recent update, 2 deaths, one each from Karnataka and Haryana were reported today. Many have reported increasing flu-like symptoms with a long and persistent cough . Experts have pointed out there are two subtype variants of the Influenza virus that are circulating in the population. If you too have been suffering from flu like symptoms and are wondering if it is H3N2, check out the H3N2 Symptoms, Treatment, Precautions here.

H3N2 10 Symptoms

  1. Cough
  2. Runny and congested nose
  3. Sore throat
  4. Headache
  5. Body ache
  6. Fever
  7. Chills
  8. Fatigue
  9. Diarrhoea
  10. Nausea and vomiting
It is important to note that the symptoms would be very similar to that of common cold or even COVID. One or all of the above might be there for Influenza H3N2.

H3N2 Treatment

Doctors have prescribed lots of fluids and proper rest. The one thing that is important to remember here is to avoid antibiotics or pain killers without prescription. Doctors have strictly advised against popping the readily available antibiotics off the counter. It is important to get yourself tested and only follow the course of treatment suggested by the medical professional.
Apart from that, it is important to have a balanced light diet, drink at least 3 to 4 litres of water and get rest, advise doctors.

H3N2 Precautions

Like other respiratory illnesses, H3N2 also spreads by droplet method. Much like other forms of Influenza viruses, the best thing to do is prevention. This includes following normal hand hygiene and maintaining distance from infected individuals.
Much like COVID, people with comorbidity are at a higher risk. This includes people with diabetes, obesity, cancer or any other disease where immunity is compromised. Elderly people should also avoid going to crowded places and take necessary precautions like masking up and using hand sanitizers.
People should, however, not panic. It is important to maintain general health, continue to follow basic precaution and hygiene. If you or a family member presents with any of the symptoms mentioned above consult a doctor. Self-medication is not recommended in any case. Stay safe, stay healthy.
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