How to prevent and treat your own flu symptoms from flu virus
How to treat symptoms from a flu virus infection?
There’s a whole lot you don’t need to know to treat yourself from the flu virus.
Read More 1/10 The flu virus is not spreading anywhere near the levels it did in the late 80s and early 90s.
The virus has since been found in China, where it is still circulating, and in Europe, where the virus has been found to have spread rapidly.
While the virus is still believed to be spreading rapidly, experts say the spread of the virus to more countries is unlikely to continue at this rate for some time.
2/10 There is a difference between the “classic” flu and the more severe flu.
The “classic”, or “common” flu, is one that causes a high number of people to develop a fever and runny nose.
It usually starts about three weeks after the first symptoms of the flu appear.
The more severe, or more severe “flu”, is one of the most severe and contagious illnesses, with up to 80 per cent of people becoming sick within two weeks of getting the flu.
This is because the “fever” is caused by the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus and not by the “super strain”, which is a different strain that can cause pneumonia.
3/10 You’re not going to catch the flu in your lifetime.
As the flu season draws to a close, people start to show signs of flu, including fever, cough and sore throat.
While flu symptoms are usually mild and go away on their own, some people may experience flu-like symptoms that last for weeks or even months.
4/10 Avoid the flu if you: have an existing condition, or are at high risk for developing one, such as asthma, heart disease, or high blood pressure.
People who are at very high risk of developing an illness from the influenza include: people in the military, people who have recently had a transplant, and people who are taking medicines for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, such like COPD.
5/10 Be aware of the signs and symptoms of seasonal influenza before you get the flu: The flu is contagious, but it is not transmitted through direct contact.
It can also spread through the air, which can be very dangerous.
The only way to know if you have the flu is to become ill and ask your GP or pharmacist for advice.
While you can’t be sure you’ll catch the infection, you can prevent it by: drinking plenty of fluids regularly, especially if you’re at risk of having pneumonia, getting the correct vaccination, and getting the right antibiotics.
6/10 Keep your cool: The heat from the sun and the chill from the surrounding air can make it difficult for the immune system to fight off the infection.
This can make the flu more contagious and make you more likely to get sick.
7/10 Don’t panic: While it is important to stay home if you’ve got symptoms of flu in the next few days, you shouldn’t panic.
Although you may not feel well, you’re unlikely to develop pneumonia or other serious illness, and the infection is unlikely have any long-term effects on you.
The good news is that if you do develop symptoms of pneumonia or any other illness, you will likely recover rapidly and return to full health.
It’s important to get the help you need to stay well, and not to over-exaggerate your symptoms.
Avoid stressing or being too anxious, and check in with your GP regularly to see if you need further tests.
8/10 See your GP: While you won’t get the full flu vaccine, you may still be eligible for the jab if you or someone you know is aged 65 or over, has: a heart condition, such that they can’t work, or have been diagnosed with heart failure, or someone with chronic obstructing pulmonary disease who is too frail or disabled to work, but who is unable to walk for more than eight hours a day, or who has an underlying condition that can’t been treated.
9/10 Know your body chemistry: If you have symptoms of a cold, flu or flu-related illness, it’s a good idea to get medical advice and make an appointment with your doctor.
Your GP will be able to assess your overall health and health-related factors, and might be able help you manage your symptoms and make changes to your lifestyle.
10/10 Never stop wearing protective gear: If the symptoms of your flu go away, you won, and you’re likely to return to normal activities.
But if you start to get flu-susceptible symptoms again, it might be wise to consider wearing a mask or face mask whenever you go outside.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends people avoid all outdoor activities, even if you don´t have symptoms.
But you should also wear a hat, scarf or long sleeves, and trousers if you are outdoors.
Always carry a kit