Flu season has arrived. It is very important to get your flu shot as soon as possible to lower your chances of contracting the flu. The flu is extremely contagious and more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with it every year. This virus spreads so quickly and easily because it can be spread through the air. So, if the person next to you in the store has the flu and he or she coughs, there is a good chance that you will breathe in the germs and can come down with the flu. It is important to see a doctor and to stay at home until you are fever-free for 24 hours or however long your doctor suggests. Stop the flu sooner by watching for these symptoms, and seeing a doctor ASAP.
The Tickle in Your Throat Won’t Go Away
If you are experiencing the uncomfortable itch in your throat, and no cold or warm drink is helping, this can be a sign the flu might be flaring up in your system. Keep drinking liquids because it is important to stay hydrated to flush the flu out of your system. Hot tea is always a good option because of its hydrating and health benefits.
If your muscles are sore like you just had a rigorous workout, this can be a sign you are getting the flu. People also report feeling like their skin is tender and sore to the touch. Take over-the-counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol to relieve your pain, and then head to the doctor’s office as soon as possible.
Body aches are usually accompanied by a fever. This is because these are two of the body’s natural responses when trying to fight infection. With a fever, you may also experience chills. You should use a light cotton blanket to keep warm because this material “breathes” while allowing the heat to escape, unlike polyester or acrylic materials that could cause you to sweat. Take Advil or Tylenol to keep your fever down, as well.
Feeling extremely tired is another natural response from our bodies while fighting off an infection. Your immune system uses a lot of energy to protect your body from the infection, so it is important to get plenty of rest and not partake in any strenuous activities. Not resting enough could lengthen the amount of time you are sick because your body is simply running out of energy to fight off the infection.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come into your local First Care Clinic. Check-in online to get on the waitlist before you leave your house! We are here for you this flu season, and we have all of the technology and expertise to quickly get you feeling back to normal.