Tis the season, y’all. And I donât mean the holidays, because those have come and gone already.
I mean itâs flu season – and weâre in the middle of a rough year, virus-wise. In fact, weâve all been hit particularly hard this season. Over Christmas
The Most Common Flu and Influenza Symptoms
The flu (or influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can affect everyone differently, so dealing with the flu can be anywhere from a mild inconvenience to a life-threatening disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most-common symptoms include:
- Fever or feeling feverish (although not everyone with influenza will have a fever)
- Sore throat
- Stuffed or runny nose
- Muscle, body aches, or general malaise
- A headache
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children but may be present in adults
Now, nestled in among all of our colds this year I think we also had the flu for a couple of days. Thankfully, our cases were all mild enough to be treated at home (and officially undiagnosed). So letâs talk about how we managed to keep our dealings with the flu on the mild spectrum – and how we managed it at home.
Ready? Then letâs cover the boring disclaimer and then dive on in.
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How to Mange Influenza Symptoms
My #1 go-to flu trick is getting the flu vaccine every year.
(And if you want to talk to your kids about the flu shot, here’s how you can do that like a pro!)
The flu vaccine is amazing. Itâs also far from perfect. But even though itâs far from perfect, it serves an important purpose. You see, each October we get our flu shots – and it gives our immune systems a boost. Itâs a âhey, this is the flu vaccine so letâs build up some antibodies to influenza, âmkay?â
That way, even if we get the flu, our bodies are a step ahead. We donât have to wait for our immune system to tag influenza viruses and start an immune response. Antibodies have already been activated so we can start fighting it faster. So even if we get the flu, itâs not as bad – and it doesnât last as long.
My second influenza tip is to keep an eye on your health and talk to your doctor. Because while antibiotics wonât help fight the flu, there are antivirals (like Tamiflu) that do help! So if youâre developing a more severe case, or are among at-risk populations like pregnant women, small children, the elderly, or immunocompromised, go see your doctor at the first sign of flu! That way, Tamiflu can make your life a lot easier.
My last tip is to control the symptoms. While dealing with the flu isnât a lot of fun, itâs a lot easier when youâre able to rest, drink lots of fluids, and function. For me, that means taking antipyretics (fever fighting medicines) like Tylenol and Ibuprofen on a regular basis. That way, I feel well enough to continue functioning, helping my kids, and can sleep more comfortably. And when I get enough sleep? Iâm able to heal faster.
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Good Luck Fighting those Flu Germs!
So this flu season, good luck fighting off those nasty germs. Of course, if you can prevent getting it at all, thatâs the best course of action. But if you do catch the flu, at least youâve got some tips, tricks, and knowledge in your pocket to fight it off faster.
- Health tips, resources, & tricks from a Registered Nurse
- A Mom’s
guideto Dealing with the Flu – by a Nurse
- Dealing with the flu is no joke – please keep your germs to yourself!
- 7 Ways Moms Can Prevent and Treat the Flu by an RN
Want to read some more technical articles on flu? They’re really fun to read if you’re sick and need something that’ll help you doze off – or if you’re a nerdy nurse like me.