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Recovering from the Flu: What to Expect

Recovering from the Flu: What to Expect

When you have the flu, there are days here you may feel like you’ll never get better. Flu symptoms can be severe for some, especially if you don’t get your seasonal flu vaccine.

At More MD, our family physician Tim Urell, DO, specializes in diagnosing flu infections in kids and adults. Dr. Urell can also customize a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms more efficiently, so you can get back the things you need to do.

What to know about the flu

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory virus that spreads from person to person through physical contact or contact with infected objects.

There are two types of flu viruses (Types A and B) that spread throughout the world every year, causing what is known as the seasonal flu epidemic. People infected with the virus can experience a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe.

Flu symptoms can include:

The elderly and those who have underlying medical issues or compromised immune systems can develop life-threatening complications from the flu virus. Complications can include heart and brain inflammation, organ failure, and a life-threatening infection known as sepsis.

Recovering from the flu

In general, most people recover from the flu within a few days, although your symptoms can persist for up to two weeks.

Because the flu is a viral infection, antibiotics aren’t a treatment option. The most essential things you can do to speed up your recovery from the flu is to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water and clear fluids.

There are also over-the-counter medications you can use to address individual symptoms of the flu, such as a cough and nasal congestion. Dr. Urell can recommend which medications are safe for you to use based on your medical history and the severity of your flu symptoms.

In severe cases, our team may prescribe antiviral medications to help you recover more effectively. Antivirals may also protect you from serious complications of the flu that can lead to hospitalization.

Prevention is your best defense against the flu

Because the flu is contagious, you should take steps to stay away from other people. Stay home from work and distance yourself from your family members for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.

While the flu is a common illness that many people get every year, it doesn’t mean you should ignore it. At More MD, we offer seasonal flu vaccines to prevent serious complications that can result from an infection. We can provide flu shots for all of your family members, starting with kids as young as six months.

If you’re not able to receive the traditional flu shot because of allergies or other medical conditions, our providers can recommend an alternative vaccine. They can also help you lower your risk for an infection during the flu season.

To schedule your flu vaccine or to book an evaluation for flu symptoms, call the More MD office nearest to you today or book an appointment online. 

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