Tips to Help You Survive Flu Season

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Flu season will be upon us soon. That being said, here is some information to keep in mind once the weather starts turning cooler in regards to symptoms, home treatment, and when to call your doctor.

Flu Symptoms:

  • A fever that lasts three to four days and ranges from 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Usual aches and pains are becoming too common and severe.
  • Extreme exhaustion in the form of fatigue and weakness that lasts for up to three weeks.

At-Home Treatment:

  • Utilize a cool mist vaporizer or bathe in a hot, steamy shower to help return moisture to your nasal passages, throat, and lips.
  • Stay hydrated to prevent your fever from rising.
  • Try to go to bed earlier than your normal schedule. You’re going to need all of the rest you can get, as this helps reduce stress and helps the body fight infection.

When to Call Your Doctor:

  • If you are a high-risk patient – meaning you are over the age 65, have a history of respiratory issues, or if you have a history of chronic diseases (including heart disease and/or diabetes).
  • If you exhibit shortness of breath, it’s painful to breathe, your ears start to ache, you have developed a sore throat, and/or you’re experiencing pain around your eyes or cheekbones.
  • If you’re cycling – you begin to feel better, only to end up feeling worse.

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