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  Shelby Leith   February 16, 2016   Health, Flu, Care 0 Comments

5 tips on how to care for yourself and your family when sick with the flu

Flu season is in full swing

fluIt’s flu season and many people are suffering from the symptoms of this virus. Fever, chills, headache, body aches, sore throat and fatigue are all common ailments that can accompany the flu. Sometimes it is difficult to know just how to help someone who is experiencing these symptoms, but by following the tips below, a speedy recovery is just around the corner.

1. Drink lots of fluids.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day is always recommended, but this is especially true when you are sick. Dehydration can occur quickly, especially when you are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, so keeping fluid intakes high is very important. Water, juice or an electrolyte formula (like a sports drink) will keep you hydrated and help you beat the flu faster.

2. Get lots of rest.

When you are sick with the flu, your immune system is busy fighting off the virus and trying to get you back to good health as quickly as possible. When you are at rest, it is easier for your body to fight off infection than when you are up and moving around. Getting lots of sleep will help you feel better faster and will give your body the time it needs to recover.

3. Sanitize.

We all know how important it is to wash our hands often – especially during flu season. Warm, soapy water or hand sanitizer will kill the flu virus and stop it from spreading. It is also important to keep your house clean and germ-free by scrubbing the bathrooms often and washing all sheets and bedding. Keeping strict hygiene practices could mean the difference between having one person in your home fall ill and having an outbreak among the entire family.

4. Manage a fever.

A fever is a common symptom of the flu. A fever can cause chills and achiness, and if left to rise too high, it can cause more dangerous complications. A fever is a temperature of 100.4 F or higher and can usually be managed with an over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. A cool compress or a sponge bath can also help to reduce body temperature and ease the symptoms of a fever.

5. Stay home.

We all lead busy lives and have hectic schedules, and sometimes it is hard to put everything on hold and stay home when you are sick. This however, is one of the most important things that you can do when you fall ill with the flu. The flu virus is highly contagious and is easily spread from person to person. By staying home, not only are you allowing your body the rest it needs to get better, but you are also helping to stop the spread of germs and reduce the overall flu outbreak.

When should I see a doctor?

Generally speaking, it is not usually necessary to see a doctor when you become sick with the flu. If, however, you or a loved one have any of the following symptoms, proceed to your nearest urgent care clinic as quickly as possible:

  • A fever above 100.4 F in a child under three months.
  • A fever above 102 F in a child over three months.
  • If you experience a fever that lasts longer than two days and does not respond to OTC medications.
  • A stiff neck or severe headache.
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing.

Keep you and your family as healthy as possible this flu season by following these tips from Velocity Care. If you or a loved one has the flu and you have questions or concerns, we are here to help. For your convenience, we also provide patient forms online to expedite the check-in process so our ER doctors can see you more quickly.

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