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How to Survive Flu Season

How to Survive Flu Season
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  • On December 5, 2017

Each year both adults and kids contract about three colds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu season tends to occur between December and February. The research further shows that from 2010 influenza (the flu) causes more than 9.2 million illnesses and out of this about 710,000 results in hospitalization and 56,000 deaths. With such high figures, it becomes mandatory to know practical ways to survive cold and flu season.

Symptoms to watch out for

While the annual vaccination can avert influenza illnesses and hospitalization, the common signs that can tell when you have the flu include:

Sudden excessive fatigue: while working for long hours can make you feel tired, there’s usually a big difference between being exhausted and suddenly experiencing extreme fatigue. Sudden extreme fatigue is one of the main and earliest symptoms of the flu. With this symptom, normal activity such walking or waking up seems challenging.

Fever: for some people, a fever can come and go without the need to take any medication. However, when you have flu, the fever can last for even up to a week which hinders your daily activities. The rise in temperature can result in chills.

Persistent dry cough: this is also one of the early warning signs of the flu. At later stages, you can cough up mucus or phlegm. Other symptoms of the flu that show you need medical help are a pain in the chest, sore throat, confusion, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache and severe vomiting.

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Tips to survive the cold season

While cold and flu tend to have similar symptoms, the warning signs are often an indication that you need to get urgent care from a doctor or physician who is certified and has experience handling the cold, flu and any other viral symptoms. Here are tips to lower the risk or ease the symptoms and make flu bearable.

Open a window

During cold seasons most people rarely open a window as they don’t want to let in cold air. Turning up the heat can keep you warm, but closing all the windows leaves your home stuffy which increases the risk of getting the virus. By cracking a window open you are allowing circulation of fresh air and providing unfavorable conditions for the growth of illness-causing microorganisms.

Treat body aches, coughs, and fever

While some home remedies can help in relieving the pains associated with fever and coughs, it’s often challenging knowing which quantities are healthy especially when giving a kid. A doctor can prescribe the right medication and prevent the flu from progressing.

Eat mushrooms

From Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi, Cordyceps to Lion’s Mane, mushrooms have the right ingredients to boost immunity. Apart from adding meaty flavor to your meals, mushrooms have antioxidants that can destroy virus, bacteria and other microscopic infections.

The flu virus keeps on mutating so a treatment that works now may not work next year. But, with help from a doctor, you can navigate the flu season healthily.

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