This year’s flu season has been particularly bad. Thousands have already visited healthcare providers across the country with symptoms of the flu.
Since the flu shares similar symptoms with other illnesses it can be hard to diagnose without a doctor. That’s why when Brodi Willard’s son came home from school with hives the last thing she suspected was the flu, but a visit to the doctor told her otherwise.
Willard’s son came home from school with hives.
Willard, who is a nurse, noticed that when her son came home from school one day every time he scratched his skin more hives would appear.
She attempted to remedy the situation herself by having her son change his clothes and take a bath, but nothing worked.
“We gave him a bath, washed his hands and cleaned him all up, and he still had the hives, so I called the doctor,” she told WOWT.
She wasn’t sure what was causing her son’s hives, so she called his doctor.
Her son’s doctor diagnosed him with Influenza B.
Willard was shocked because her son hadn’t experienced any of the usual flu-like symptoms. His only symptom was hives.
Since even she wasn’t aware hives could be a symptom of the flu, she shared her discovery on Facebook in the hopes that other parents would pay close attention to their children.
Her son was diagnosed with the flu, despite not experiencing any symptoms.
While hives are most associated with allergic reactions, 80 percent of cases involving children are due to a viral infection.
Many who have commented on Willard’s Facebook post have expressed they they too were unaware that hives could potentially be a symptom of the flu.
At a time when the flu is at its worse, Willard said, “It’s something that everyone needs to be aware of.”
A reported 37 pediatric deaths have been attributed to the flu, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the flu season is “likely to continue for several more weeks.”
Everyone has been urged to get the flu shot, if they haven’t already, as well as remain diligent about washing their hands. And if you do experience any one of the symptoms of the flu—fever, chills, cough, congestion, headache, body aches, or fatigue—seek medical advice.