I’m sure you’re sick and tired of hearing about Covid-19 and the coronavirus, so let’s change pace a little and discuss this flu season. Not a great distraction, but relevant. With coronavirus dominating the headlines, it is easy to forget that influenza can be just as miserable. Fortunately, we understand more about treating influenza than we do coronavirus. While there is already vaccines for the flu, dealing with this season can still be challenging. We here at HPFY can help you survive this flu season with hopefully very little discomfort.
Believe it or not, we are already into this year’s flu season. Generally speaking, flu season runs from October and goes all the way through May. Unfortunately, the flu or influenza is relatively common with approximately 3 million people contracting the flu every year in the US. It is commonly transmitted through airborne exposure to particulates expelled from infected individuals. Yes, there is a vaccine but those who contract influenza are usually ill for several days or a week or two. Symptoms of influenza include:
These symptoms can be less severe or more prevalent from individual to individual. Other common issues similar to the flu can include the common cold, pneumonia, and even SARS or swine flu due to similarities in their symptoms.
Your best defense against influenza is with an annual flu shot. While this cannot guarantee 100% that you will not contract the flu, it can prevent or minimize the symptoms if you should get infected. Most of the time medical intervention is not necessary in treating the flu, but sometimes it can be necessary. Be sure to have a thermometer available to determine if a fever is present. Often antiviral medication can be prescribed if the virus is caught early enough or treating the symptoms later may be the course of action. Antihistamines and cough suppressants can be combined with plenty of fluids and rest to beat influenza. Eight great options for dealing with and easing symptoms can include:
Right now the coronavirus has the headlines, but every year at this time influenza loves to show up and crash the party. It is possible to fight this common affliction with the flu shot but surviving the symptoms (if you get infected) can be a multifaceted attack. Dealing with nausea, a fever, coughing, and congestion is not pleasant but can be managed. With a little bit of rest and plenty of liquids you will be back on your feet in no time!!
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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