Flu season has officially arrived. This isn’t just any flu season, it’s the season of the decade with thousands of people flocking to the hospital, missing several days of work and school, and blowing throwing boxes of Kleenex (seriously, they monitor this). So what’s causing the pandemic this season…who knows, a bird, a pig, a horse, H1N1 part 4. I’m sure someone is stuck in a lab trying to figure it out. But right now you are stuck in your bed and you need answers about how and when you are going to get out.
You with the flu
This is probably you. You are fatigued, feverish and congested. Or maybe not. Unfortunately, the flu comes in many different forms. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of the flu are (Source: CDC):
Stuffy nose or runny nose
You can have any combination of these things. And for the extreme cases, you can have all of them. But you didn’t need me to tell you what you already know because you are living it right now. You want to know how to overcome it. So first let me start by saying the following are just suggestions and you should contact your medical provider for a treatment regimen catered to your health care needs.
3 simple steps to fight the flu:
1.The simplest thing you can do is WASH YOUR HANDS with real soap and real water! Germs are the gifts that keep on giving. Wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs to you and your family and friends.
2.The next thing you can do is STAY HYDRATED with non-carbonated fluids. Fluids are coming out of your nose, mouth and maybe your bottom, you need all of that stuff back, in a different form of course. Drinking plenty of water and juices can help you replenish what you are losing. Dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness and other serious problems.
3.The flu is a virus and does not require an antibiotic. Therefore you must TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS. If you have a fever, take an anti-fever medication. If you have congestion, take a decongestant. However, be cautious when taking all-in-one combo medications because they can sometimes contain medications you don’t need. If you don’t have a cough, don’t take a combo medication with a cough suppressant in it. Additionally if you have chronic disease like asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes etc please consult your healthcare provider first before self-medicating. Some over-the-counter medications can cause some serious issues for these folks.
As a sidenote, there is a drug called Tamiflu that is given to flu patients within the first 24-48 hours of the initial presentation of symptoms. It is reported to decrease the severity of the symptoms. My patients either love it or hate it. If you take this medication and you don’t have the nausea or vomiting, you may want to add that to your list. However, some people take it with no problems.
The moral of this story is the flu can be defeated. Follow the three simple steps and the advice of your healthcare provider and you will be on your way…um back to work or school.
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