This Condition is Not Common but can be a Symptom of a Viral Infection.
The flu season this year is in full swing and has now reached the magnitude of the epidemic disease. Because of that, the emergency rooms are overcrowded, and some schools are even closing for “flu days.” Even though most of the symptoms to look out for in your child are well-known, there’s one that might be new for many.
Brodi Willard, a registered nurse in Nebraska, posted an urgent warning to parents on her Facebook page recently. Parents should be looking out for hives on their children. She explains that her son came home from school with hives and tested positive for influenza, although he had no other symptoms.
When he came from school she changed his clothes and gave him a bath, but nothing helped. Then she called the pediatrician, who said they’d had two other kids with hives come into the office that day already.
She took him to the doctor this morning, and he tested positive for influenza B, even he has had no other symptoms, such as no cough and no runny nose.
Willard warns the parents to watch on their children if they develop hives, and advises to call their pediatrician, too. She was really surprised about this new symptom for influenza, but it is obviously something to be on the lookout for.
This post obviously resonated with others, which shows the times of sharing (more than 250,000) and has attracted more than 15,000 comments.
Are Hives Really A Flu Symptom?
Any warning signs of the flu shouldn’t be ignored because at least 37 children have already died during the 2017-2018 flu season.
However, when it comes to hives, they are not an unusual way for the body to react to a virus. They are simply caused as a result of the reaction of the immune system on an allergen in the body. This reaction causes the releasing of the histamine into the bloodstream in order to fight it off. Viral hives are generally caused by things such as herpes, hepatitis, croup and what we see now by the flu.
According to the Children’s Health Dallas, the hives not typically associated with the flu. They think that testing positive for flu in the absence of the other typical or classical flu symptoms could suggest that the tests are giving false positive results.
Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be a problem to be on the lookout for hives as a symptom, in addition to other, such as fever, sore throat, aches, and a cough. If the condition of the flu changes on good or bad again, or if there are symptoms like persistent vomiting, confusion or chest pressure, you should go to the emergency room.
As for Willard’s son, after putting him on the Tamiflu, he feels apparently much better. “