IMA raises alarm on increase of fever cases, urges people to avoid antibiotics
The Indian Medical Association raised a caveat on the rising cases of flu in the country on Thursday owing to the rapid weather change. The IMA has urged people to refrain from the use of antibiotics.
The IMA in their issued statement said that there is a sudden spike in cases who have symptoms of cough, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, fever, and diarrhea. The medical body also added that such cases can last for about five to seven days, however, highlighted that fever goes away in the initial stage, but cough and other symptoms can persist for up to three weeks.
The IMA also informed that a majority of such cases are H3N2 influenza virus and also added that it is commonly diagnosed with it as it is a seasonal flu during October to February season.
The virus is perceptible to people aged above 50 or below 15 and also added that in the virus people develop respiratory infections due to the virus and highlighted that air pollution is one of the leading factors for the virus to persist.
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The medical body has urged people to refrain from the use of antibiotics and suggested that patients who face such issues should deal with the symptoms with symptomatic treatment. The IMA also added that people of late have been administering doses of Azithromycin and Amoxiclav without consulting a medical professional first.
The medical body in their statement said that people who start antibiotics treatment can develop antibiotic resistance which can later lead to the person not responding to antibiotics when needed.
IMA’s statement also highlighted that antibiotics are used frivolously and noted that in over 70% of diarrhea cases, the doctor prescribes antibiotics even when it is not needed. The medical body suggested for one to not develop antibiotic resistance, one needs to first get it determined whether it is a bacterial infection or not.
The antibiotic medicines to be avoided