Late 2017-early 2018 has seen one of the most troubling flu seasons in recent years. As of January, influenza is widespread among 46 different states.
That means you can’t take chances when it comes to protecting your family. Although most recover within a few days, you don’t want to risk this developing into a more serious condition.
Flu symptoms can range greatly from mild to severe. But, there are some tell-tale signs that you should look out for. Addressing this situation head-on is the best way to keep the illness from spreading. Here are 5 things to look out for.
One particular symptom to look out for is extreme fatigue. If you notice that someone is a bit more lethargic than usual, it’s important they get their rest.
Make sure that your family member is refraining from strenuous activity that might further trigger symptoms. The body needs time to recover from this condition, so, allow time off from school or work.
The head, back, and legs are most prone to aches and pains after coming down with the flu. We often blame this soreness on recent activity, but many times, that’s simply not the case.
Cold chills can also be common flu symptoms. They often accompany body pain, so if you’re noticing the two together, you’ll want to be cautious. Taking Motrin or Ibuprofen. Warming with a blanket can also help stop a fever before it develops.
Be extra wary of a person’s cough if you suspect they have the flu. Harsh wheezing and tightness in the chest are good indicators someone’s coming down with a bug.
The flu can lead to more serious conditions such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Coughing is largely associated with these conditions as well, so it’s important to nip it early on.
Sore throats usually occur in the early stages of a flu virus. Sometimes, they’re caused by incessant coughing, and at other times, they can occur by themselves.
If your family member is complaining of a scratchy throat, make sure they’re drinking many fluids.
Warm tea and hot lemon water can be helpful in easing this pain. Also, gargling salt water is extremely helpful for fighting off an irritated throat.
A fever of 99-99.5 degrees or higher is often caused by the flu. Fevers are often among the more severe conditions, but it isn’t all that bad. Having this illness actually means your body is working to fight off the infection.
Again, Ibuprofen can be used to treat a fever. Although there is no immediate cure (you have to let a fever ride out on its own), this medication can lessen your symptoms greatly.
The flu is the most commonly spread illness, so it needs to be managed from early on. You can prepare yourself best by knowing the symptoms of a flu bug.
If you’re worried that your family member has come down with the flu, get them checked out. Don’t wait for a scheduled appointment- bring them in right away.
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