Now that the winter season is upon us, it is the time for us to be extra vigilant in fighting off the flu. Hopefully, you can still take steps to prevent this contagious virus from infecting you and spreading to others. Here are some of my personal recommendations.
- Get your flu shot. Even though it has been available since the fall, it is not too late. Most pharmacies even offer the shot without a prescription.
- Wash your hands often and wipe down commonly used items.
- Avoid sick people; especially those who are sneezing and coughing.
- Keep your immune system functioning efficiently with adequate sleep and regular exercise.
Despite all these measures, it is still wise to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Early treatment can help prevent serious complications and mitigate the length of your illness. Here are the symptoms to look out for:
- muscle aches
- runny nose
If you have been diagnosed with the flu, take the time to rest and limit contact with others. Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your symptoms, depending on the severity. Wear a mask if you must be in contact with others and cover your cough and sneezes. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated and ensure your organs are functioning properly. Most people will fully recover within a week or two, but you should seek further medical care if you do not see improvement and/or are experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or chest pain. If you have questions and need assistance determining next steps, call your doctor’s office right away. Remember, you can never be too careful when it comes to your health!