The flu is running rampant this year in the US, especially in big cities like NYC. Do you know what you should do if you end up getting the flu? Dr. Dean Mitchell, clinical Immunologist and holistic practitioner in NYC, discusses the typical flu symptoms, how to get diagnosed with the flu, and the different treatment options for the flu.
How do you know if you have the flu?
Typical flu symptoms are sometimes similar to a regular virus and can include: sore throat, cough, high fever , and muscle aches. If you have a high fever of over 101 degrees for more than 2 days it is very likely that you have the flu.
How to get diagnosed with the flu?
If you think you have the flu see your doctor to get assessed. You can also get a rapid nasal flu test to see if you have the flu.
This year is especially difficult when it comes to the flu because of the H3N2 virus which is very similar to the old Hong Kong flu that was around 20 years ago.
What to do if you have the flu?
Once diagnosed with the flu use Tamiflu, an anti-viral medication which if started within 72 hours of contracting the flu can help ameliorate and decrease flu symptoms. Tamiflu is a great option for both children and adults.
Holistic treatment for the flu includes: rest, avoiding contact with other people, hydrating (especially with teas and soups with salt), eating lighter meals so your body can focusing on healing and taking vitamins. Taking medicine like Advil and Tylenol is ok if you have a high fever but is not recommended with a low-grade fever.
Should I take antibiotics if I have the flu?
Most people think they need antibiotics when they have the flu but it’s actually bad to take them because they don’t actually fight the flu. Antibiotics are good if you get complications from the flu such as pneumonia.
Make sure to keep an eye for Dr. Dean Mitchell’s new book coming out this year on immunology entitled ImmunoLife.
– Dr. Dean Mitchell
Mitchell Medical Group in NYC & Long Island