What Is Flu B?

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3. What Types of Medical Treatment Are Available for People with the Flu?

Most cases of flu B do not require medication, but meds may be used to help ease symptoms. There are some prescription flu drugs, and they are most effective when taken within the first two days of developing symptoms. Over-the-counter meds are more common for symptom relief. A decongestant will shrink inflamed mucous membranes in the nose, which helps one breathe easier. Nasal sprays are also effective with improving the ability to breathe.

If flu symptoms are impairing the ability to sleep, there are cold medications that are also sleep aids. Check with a doctor before giving OTC meds to a young child, as there can be complications. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu. Antibiotics are designed to get rid of bacterial infections, so they have no use against viruses. However, if the flu virus leads to a bacterial infection, then a doctor would probably prescribe an antibiotic for that condition.

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