We all get it one time or another. You start to feel a little under the weather during flu season and you hope for the best. You hope that your flu shot will help and your immune system will fight off the virus. As much as we want this to be true it may not be, and because of that you should know if you have any flu symptoms. That way you don’t have to waste a trip to your general physician. Unless you’re like me and you enjoy your trip there.
Common symptoms if you have the flu
Influenza A, B, and C are the three different types of the virus you may contract, due to them being the seasonal ones.
If you are feeling feverish or have a fever that is above 100 degrees you could have the flu since this is one of the key symptoms. However, just because you have a high fever does not always mean you have the flu.
- If you are having headaches or any type of body aches
- Vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea are not all just uncomfortable they are also key symptoms for the flu; especially in kids
- If you feel like you have a sore throat or have an uncomfortable cough
- You feel as though your body has the chills
- You’re congested or have a runny nose
However, if you’re trying to differentiate if you have a bad cold or the flu remember this. You typically won’t have a very high fever if you just have a bad cold. This is why a fever is one of the key factors.
You realize you have the flu. What now?
It has been noted, and this is by the experts, that if you have the flu you actually do not need to seek any type of medical help. I know it sounds strange because the flu can get so severe, but this is from the experts! That being said here are some symptoms that you may make you need medical attention, immediately.
- You start to have difficulty breathing or are having some sort of shortness of breath
- You start to have some pain or soreness in your abdomen
- You realize you’re not drinking enough fluids
- You sudden get dizzy
- You have server vomit or you cannot stop vomiting
- You feel confused
Now what exactly should you do? First things first, you should make sure you try to stay home and away from others to prevent transmitting it to others. You should also get some over the counter drugs, such as Tylenol, to help reduce your fever. Also, if you have any antiviral drugs, your physician can prescribe these, this would help you feel a lot better. However, you typically only get prescribed these if you’re at higher risk for getting the flu.
How do I prevent myself from getting the flu?
The only proven way, besides being secluded from everyone, is to get a flu vaccine. Even if you hate needles, like I do, it’s much better than getting the flu by a long shot. What the vaccine does is it gives your body a very weak version of the virus to give your body the opportunity to build antibodies. This allows your body to be more prepared incase you are to get infected with the flu.
Also, last thing and something you should always be doing, using hand sanitizer and just washing your hands in general can help decrease your chances by up to 60%. I know it sounds so easy, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this.
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Take all of my information with a grain of salt