Flu season is full force upon us and keeping you and your family healthy can pose a challenge. Knowing what to do when you have the flu can be confusing. Should you see a doctor? Avoid seeing friends and family? Use these tips from the Center of Disease Control on what you should do if you think you have the flu.
I think I have the flu…what should I do?
According to the CDC, most people who have the flu have it very mildly and do not need medical attention or antiviral drugs. If you are sick with flu symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with people.
However, this changes if you are having symptoms of the flu and are in a high-risk group, are very sick, or worried about your illness. People who are in a high-risk group can develop some serious flu-related complications. In these cases, you should see your physician right away.
Are there medicines to treat the flu?
Yes! There are drugs called “antivirals” and they can make you better faster and may prevent serious complications. These drugs can only be prescribed by your doctor.
How long should I stay home if I’m sick?
According to the CDC, you should stay home for at least 24 hours, except to receive medical care or other necessities, after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone without the assistance of fever reducing medicine, such as Tylenol.
What should I do while I’m sick?
It’s best if you stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick. If you must go out in public, wear a face mask if you have one, or cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer to keep the flu from spreading to others.
If your sickness doesn’t seem to be getting better, it’s always best to get an opinion from your doctor. To make an appointment with a physician in Ohio or Kentucky, visit mercy.com or call 513-952-5000 today.
If you don’t have the flu yet, read more about natural ways to boost your immune system during flu season as well as top ways to prevent the flu here.