It’s that time of year… flu season. But how do you know if you have the flu or just a common cold? Do you know the symptoms? Do you understand the difference? It is important to understand so that you can avoid some of the major complications that accompany the flu, including sinus infections or even life-threatening pneumonia.
The first line of defense, of course, should be trying to prevent yourself from getting the flu. It is important to remember that the flu is spread via saliva from coughing and sneezing. You can catch the flu as an airborne illness or direct contact with a person or object.
Those 65 years and older, young children, and pregnant women are at a higher risk than others.
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- Excessive Fatigue
- Body Aches
- Chills – Especially in the head or legs
- Wheezing and Chest Tightness
- Sore Throat
- Stomach Pain
Serious Complications and Emergency Symptoms
- Chest Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Severe Dehydration
- Bluish Skin and Lips
- Dizziness and Confusion
- Recurring Fever
- Asthma Attacks
- Heart Issues
- Fever with a Rash
- No Tears When Crying
Recovering and Treatment
It is recommended that those who have dealt with the flu wait at least 24 hours fever-free before returning to work and/or school. It is quite likely that even after most of the symptoms have subsided that a lingering cough may still remain for a few weeks.
Occasionally symptoms are severe enough that antiviral medications may be required. You should seek medical attention to determine this.
Help prevent the spread of this illness by avoiding contact with others if you are infected. Also be sure to wash your hands often.
Stay healthy and safe and should you need us, remember the staff at Beaumont Emergency Hospital is always ready to help.
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