A registered nurse and mother Brodi Willard issued a serious caution to parents urging them to keep their eyes peeled for hives if they have sick children in the house. A Facebook post by Brodi reveals how this rash can actually be a symptom of the flu. She wrote:
“My son came home from school with hives. Every time he would scratch, more would appear. We tried changing his clothes and giving him a bath, but nothing helped. I called his pediatrician. They said they had two kids come into the office that day with the same symptoms and tested POSITIVE FOR INFLUENZA. I took him to the doctor this morning and he tested POSITIVE for INFLUENZA B”
“He has had NO symptoms. No fever, no cough, and no runny nose. He only has hives,” said Mum Brodi. To make matters worse it was his only symptom.
For 2017 -2018 season there have been “37 influenza-associated pediatric deaths” reported so far, these warnings are not to be taken lightly.
The post ended with Brodi stressing the importance of checking for hives, regardless of whether your child hasn’t shown any other symptoms.
“Keep watch on your children [and] if they develop hives, please call your pediatrician. I have never heard of this symptom but it is obviously something to be on the lookout for.”
Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and often occurring in epidemics.
A wide range of complications can be caused by influenza virus infection of the upper respiratory tract (nasal passages, throat) and lower respiratory tract (lungs).
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