A flu-like illness is a potentially dangerous condition, but there’s a way to manage it without getting sick.
Symptoms can quickly become overwhelming, but the first step is to recognize what’s happening and how to control symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu symptoms be assessed at home before starting a flu-related regimen.
A flu-sick person is not allowed to travel, work, or go to the doctor or clinic without first being evaluated at home.
“When we’re sick, the symptoms are very acute,” Dr. Thomas G. Cuddy, a professor of infectious disease and immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told CBS News.
“We’re not even thinking about how to treat it.”
In order to identify what’s causing symptoms and what to do, the CDC recommends taking a short test to check your immune system.
“You’re getting a flu shot and you’re thinking, ‘Oh, that’s a nice flu shot,'” Dr. Cuddys advice to flu-savvy patients.
It’s a cold.
You need to go to your doctor.”
If you’re not getting any flu-specific symptoms, Dr. Guddys suggests getting a cold and being vaccinated.
The CDC recommends flu shots for anyone over the age of 18 who is: overweight; have a family history of influenza; are taking antibiotics or receiving a flu vaccine; or have had symptoms of influenza in the past.
If you have symptoms of a flu and don’t know which strains are causing them, check with your doctor.
“When you’re seeing a doctor, it’s important to know the influenza strains and the flu vaccine,” Dr Guddies told CBS.
“Because there are a lot of different strains out there.”
If the symptoms aren’t severe enough to go on, your doctor may prescribe an oral flu vaccine to help ease your symptoms.
There are other ways to manage flu symptoms:Dr. Guddy said if you have a fever, cough, or runny nose, your immune systems are working better, and you may not be getting the full benefits of the flu shot.
“We can tell if you’re getting any symptoms and then go on and do your regular flu dose,” Dr Cuddy said.
“The flu shot is a great alternative to taking it every day.”
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