The 2017-2018 flu season is brutal. Okay, it's an epidemic this year that's hit Central Texas hard. IF you have the flu or think you have the flu,
Two things found just about everywhere you look these days:
2. Girl Scout cookies.
Hopefully, you feel well enough to enjoy a Thin Mint or Caramel Delight, but if not, jot down these five tips to get you back to feeling your best.
1. Verify you have the flu.
There are some common symptoms including
2. Take an antiviral medication.
Tamiflu and Relenza are the two antiviral prescription drugs currently available on the market. Both can help reduce the time you're feeling lousy or keep you from getting dangerously ill should you be at high-risk of developing flu complications.
3. Drink plenty of fluids
You've probably heard it before, but it's true! Clear fluids such as water, sports drinks
4. Take pain relief and fever reducers.
Analgesics including ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help reduce body aches and fever to help you feel more comfortable while your body rids itself of the flu. Should you have any chronic conditions, please be sure to check with your Pro-Care provider first on dosage and recommendations.
5. Rest (and stay home!).
Your body needs rest to battle the virus. Plus, you stay home so you're not infecting others around you. Once your fever has broken, give yourself another 24 hours before you leave home.
Other over-the-counter medications including antihistamines, decongestants, cough drops and other cough suppressants may help, but only temporarily. Gurgling salt water, hot showers, humidifiers are great to help you feel as comfortable as possible. If your condition worsens, we're here to help. And, it goes without saying, if you feel it's an emergency, please dial 911.
Be sure to take care of yourself and others around you this flu season. Once you're back on your feet, perhaps you'll be ready to enjoy that Girl Scout cookie!