Recovering From Flu Bugs
May 1, 2020
May 1, 2020
It has become customary to brace for an annual surge in cases of the flu. We have also become accustomed to the process of safeguarding ourselves from experiencing it by making sure to receive vaccinations. But since dealing with this illness can be an unwanted experience, it will be beneficial to review the basic facts behind this viral infection.
Influenza A and B
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that there are three different forms of flu viruses that can impact humans – A, B, and C (Influenza D is a virus that can affect cattle).
Influenza A and Influenza B both involve seasonal flu viruses that most individuals are familiar with. Even though flu is most frequent during autumn and winter, the virus can emerge throughout the year.
The virus is usually transmitted as droplets are spread from coughing, or sneezing. However, it can also be spread by touching an object that contains the virus, then also touching your facial area. Influenza C is less common than A or B and does not present the same potential of spreading that exists with A or B.
The recovery period for the flu normally consists of 5-7 days. In some cases, individuals whose symptoms are diminishing might still encounter fatigue.
Symptoms Of The Flu
Anyone who is dealing with the flu can experience issues that range from mild to more severe. If this virus invades your respiratory system, then you will encounter symptoms that will create discomfort.
There are specific symptoms of the flu that are different from other viruses. However, some are similar to what you can encounter with the common cold, even though they emerge from different viruses. These symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Body aches
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
There is also a virus that some individuals might refer to as the flu, which is actually a medical condition that is called gastroenteritis or the stomach flu. This results from an inflammation of your stomach or intestines, which is referred to as your gastrointestinal tract.
This virus is usually responsible for uncomfortable symptoms such as abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Those symptoms can also lead to dehydration, which is often indicated by dryness of the mouth or skin.
The normal recovery period for anyone who is experiencing stomach flu is usually 1-2 days. However, there are cases that can sometimes extend up to 10 days.
Steps To Take Toward Recovery
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take that will help your recovery – even though you will be contending with discomfort.
Stay home – if you are experiencing symptoms, the discomfort will alert you that you are sick. Since you will be highly contagious, that is your motivation to protect others by avoiding co-workers. and to keep your children away from school until the symptoms have dissipated
Get plenty of rest– since you have smartly committed to staying home, you should capitalize on your opportunity to rest. Your body is working extremely hard to overcome this virus, and you can provide it with a valuable resource that will restore its ability to combat your condition
Stay hydrated – the importance of avoiding dehydration was recently discussed here. If you are dealing with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, this can cause a sizable loss of fluid. This can also result in the absence of electrolytes, which are essential in transporting fluids through your system.
A lack of fluids will eventually lead to other health complications – some of which can be serious. It will also make it more difficult for you to recover from the flu.
Maintain healthy eating habits – proper nutrition will be highly beneficial to your immune system. This will also fortify your system at a time in which that is critical. This can be achieved by the consumption of protein which is found in fish, while other outstanding sources of protein include poultry, meat, and eggs.
Keep moisture in the air – germs can survive and even thrive in dry air. But making sure that you are maintaining sufficient moisture where you live will offset this potential issue. It will also reduce your congestion, and diminish the likelihood that you will cough. This can be accomplished through the use of a vaporizer or humidifier.
When to Visit A Doctor
Some individuals are at a higher risk of encountering complications from the flu if they happen to contract it. These include pneumonia, bronchitis, and inflammations that can impact the heart, brain, or kidneys.
The people who are often placed in the high-risk category include:
- Adults 65 or older
- Pregnant women
- Children 1-12 months old
- Children with long-term illnesses
- Individuals who experience issues with their immune systems (due to cancer, or long-term use of steroids
- Patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease, blood disease, liver disease, lung disease, diabetes, and asthma
If you are someone in your family is included in the high-risk category, and you are concerned that the flu has developed, then you should immediately contact a physician.
Since you will be contending with a virus, it may initially seem as though your doctor is unable to provide much assistance. However, there are ways in which a physician can help you.
First, he or she will conduct an examination that includes a series of questions. There will be a discussion on the timing of your symptoms, and the exact nature of what you are experiencing. Your medical history, including any issues with your immune system, will also be reviewed.
It is possible that your doctor will also want to test for the presence of influenza. If you are officially diagnosed with a case of the flu, you might be told to return for additional rest and to drink a large amount of fluid.
However, your physician might prescribe medications that will reduce the amount of time that you are dealing with your condition. In other cases, medication will be used in order to safeguard you from encountering more serious issues.
At Rapid Med Urgent Care We Can Help
If you have any questions or concerns about strep throat, a sore throat, or any other health issues that you may be facing, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. Not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening with our Rapid Med Urgent Care Center service, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.
Our Primary Care
- After Hours Care Available
- Continuity of Care
- Health Maintenance
- Patient Education
Our Preventative Care
- Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
- Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Cancer Screening
- Cholesterol Screening
- Depression Screening
- HIV-STD Screening
- Obesity Screening & Counseling
- Type 2 Diabetes Screening
- Weight Management
- Wellness Exams
We understand that you are extremely busy, which is why we also providing you with the option of signing in online so that you will not need to wait when you arrive at either of our facilities.
In addition to visiting us at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On-Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.
Our Urgent Care
- Allergies and Rashes
- Bronchitis and Pneumonia
- Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain
- Evaluation of Most Chest Pain
- Fevers – Down to 4 Months of Age
- Gastrointestinal Infections w/ Nausea & Vomiting
- Headaches and Migraines
- On-SiteUltrasound Diagnostics
- On-Site X-Rays
- Simple Gynecologic Problems
- Sinus Infections
- Skin Infections and Abscesses
- Sore Throats and Strep
- Urinary Tract Infections