Think You May Have The Flu?

Think You May Have The Flu? Symptoms and what do do when you think you might have the flu.
Common signs and symptoms of the flu:
  • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs.
  • Chills and sweats.
  • Headache.
  • Dry, persistent cough.
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Sore throat.

What to do if you think you have the flu:

If you’re otherwise fit and healthy, there’s usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.

The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches if necessary.

How long does the flu last?

A bout of flu typically lasts one to two weeks, with severe symptoms subsiding in two to three days. However, weakness, fatigue, dry cough, and a reduced ability to exercise can linger for three to seven days.

When should I go to the Doctor?

If you can’t replenish fluids by drinking more, you may need to be given fluids intravenously.

Also go to the doctor or the ER for the flu if you seemed to be getting better, but find that your symptoms are returning. If your fever and cough roar back worse than before, you need to seek medical attention.

Watch for these signs of an emergency when you have the flu: Go to the ER if you have these symptoms: 
  • Difficulty Breathing.
  • Shortness of Breath.
  • Chest Pain or Severe Abdominal Pain.
  • Confusion.
  • Sudden Dizziness.
  • Severe Vomiting or Vomiting That Won’t Stop

When can my child go back to school after having the flu?

Keep your child home from school, day care or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

Foods for the flu:

Clear broths — chicken, beef, vegetable — are all great. And in this case, the higher sodium content of these boxed or canned items is a plus. Drink tea and other low-caffeine drinks, if preferred. Limit caffeine, as caffeine causes fluid loss.

Try flat ginger ale, Coke, Saltines for nausea.

Many people temporarily lose their taste for protein, but if you can tolerate it, protein is important for repair and growth of body tissues. The most easily digestible protein is an egg (scrambled is easy to eat). Yogurt is a double-duty food – and is a good source of protein, as well as probiotics.

Try a protein drink once a day as a supplement until your normal appetite is restored. A typical ready-to-drink shake has the protein of about a 6-ounce chicken breast.  Make Your Own Healthy Protein Shakes

Consume a well-balanced diet with plenty of colorful fruits and veggies, lean protein, fiber-rich grains, and some low-fat dairy foods, it’s particularly important to support recovery from illness. Also, eating this way helps support ALL body systems – including our immune system, and helps reduce your risk of flu and other viruses in the first place!

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