Tremendous misunderstanding exists about what the “flu” really is. The average patient thinks that a stomachache or a bad cold constitutes the flu. In reality, a fever of 102-104 degrees, severe muscle aches, cough, sore throat, major congestion, and watery eyes predominate. People with the flu usually land in bed for a week or so and experience major fatigue for several weeks after the initial onset. Symptomatic treatment includes decongestants, cough expectorants, and preventative antibiotics. Several new medications now available minimize the flu’s symptoms – good news for the person who has been exposed to someone with the flu!
To help prevent the flu you can do the following:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Remember to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!
- Maintain a proper diet
- Balance rest with regular exercise