The flu is a highly contagious infection in one’s respiratory system that often goes away after a week or so, even without medication. Antiviral medication is available, if the infection progresses, but still there is little cause for alarm. What makes the flu dangerous is when it doesn’t come alone, when a patient has preexisting conditions especially related to the respiratory system like asthma or even rhinitis.
For example, the recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus was a type of flu, but the warnings were all pointed at the elderly, the pregnant and young children as especially susceptible to the H1N1 virus. On its own, the flu virus is manageable, but with complications, extra precautions must be made. In any case, the flu is only for several days, so for at least that duration, if you have conditions that can complicate matters, it is best to take care of the flu with kid gloves.
The most common pill to take for flu is either acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but these types of medication only help to relieve the fever, which is the start of the flu. Flu and aspirin do not mix, so if you are uncertain whether you have the flu or just a fever, either consult with a physician or refrain from medication for your fever completely. Besides, after two to three days, the fever goes away naturally. Adults experience lower cases of fever than children, and your temperature does not need to go all the way down before you start feeling better.
Sometimes, you may want some medicine for cold to help you feel better – no problems are associated with over the counter cold medicines and the flu. Chicken soup is not the only thing that can help you feel better – drinking plenty of liquids goes a long way to relieving flu symptoms.
Finally, the flu is a respiratory infection, and it is not really advised to continue smoking tobacco while sick with the flu. In the first place, you may want to quit the unhealthy habit, and while you have the flu, it may be the best time to quit. Alcohol dehydrates your body, so alcohol is also not recommended, but lots of fluids are.
Complications with flu are highly specific, but there are basic things one can do across all complications.
The first one is to see a doctor or a health care provider. At the very least, this gives you more knowledge and resources regarding your condition. Tell your doctor about all the medication you are currently on. The problem with flu is that most of the medicine for flu can counteract other medication for respiratory conditions, and vice versa. When your doctor or health car provider receives this information, you get better chances of taking the right medication instead of one medicine running contrary to the effects of the other.
For the elderly, the pregnant and children, the flu should not be taken lightly. Even if the fever subsides after three days, it is best to keep away from physical activity until the flu runs out. It is better to consult with a doctor, in any case.