If you’re coughing, have a fever, and are suffering from aching muscles with simultaneous chills and sweats, you might have the flu. Every year between 5-20% of Americans come down with the flu and need medical attention from health care professionals like the team at IAM Healthy, in Apopka, Florida. Whether you think you have the flu or want to protect your health with a flu shot, call IAM Healthy or make an appointment online today.
Influenza, or flu, as it’s commonly referred to, is a contagious viral infection that affects your nose, throat, and sometimes your lungs. It can come on suddenly and cause symptoms, including:
If you get the flu, you may feel sick for a few days or your symptoms may linger for up to two weeks. If you have a compromised immune system, you might also develop complications, such as ear infections, sinusitis, or even pneumonia.
While cold and flu symptoms are very similar, cold symptoms tend to be milder, and they don’t last as long. Additionally, cold symptoms develop slowly, and you’re not likely to have a fever, body aches, or headache like you would with the flu.
The best way to know if you have the flu is to make an appointment at IAM Healthy. Same-day appointments are available. Your provider talks to you about your symptoms and overall health and may take a swab from your throat or nose to do a rapid influenza test.
Since the flu is a virus, the best thing you can do is take a few days off of work or school to stay at home and rest. Your provider can prescribe medications to soothe your symptoms or offer an antiviral drug, which could help you recover faster.
While you’re resting, make sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. You may also find that an over-the-counter pain medication relieves some of your symptoms.
The flu is a very contagious and potentially dangerous illness, and you should talk to your provider at IAM Healthy about whether a flu shot is right for you.
For example, certain groups, such as the elderly and children under the age of 5, should have flu shots at the beginning of each flu season to protect their health. Similarly, if you’re a teacher or if you work with the public and have a high risk of coming into contact with the flu virus, you should have a flu shot.
If you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or another chronic illness that could increase your risk of complications from the flu, you should make sure to have a flu shot.
If you’re concerned about the flu, call IAM Healthy or make an appointment online today.