Danvers Family Doctors, P.C.
Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice
located in Danvers, MA
Flu Q & A
Cough, sore throat, either runny or stuffy nose, body aches and pains, chills, exhaustion, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever are all symptoms of the flu. Although not everyone with the flu exhibits all of these signs and symptoms simultaneously, the majority do. Even though most people who get the flu have a fever, not everyone does.
If a patient suspects they have the flu, what should they do?
Although some people who get the flu only have a mild case and can recover on their own, most people find that receiving medical attention makes recovery easier. Patients who suspect they have the flu should see a doctor as soon as possible. In the interim, it’s best to stay away from other people as much as possible to keep the illness from spreading to them. To prevent the spread of any lingering germs, patients should wash their hands frequently.
Who is most likely to experience complications from the flu?
The elderly, pregnant women, and young children are all at high risk for flu-related complications. When they feel ill, people in these groups need to see a doctor right away and follow their doctor’s instructions until they feel better.
Can medicine be used to treat the flu?
Yes, there are medicines that can help with the symptoms of the flu. Antiviral medications are only available with a prescription and can help flu patients quickly feel better by relieving symptoms. Patients may also be able to avoid some of the flu’s more serious complications by taking antiviral medications.
How long should people who have the flu stay away from other people?
As long as they have a fever, patients should try to stay away from other people as much as possible. Patients should, ideally, avoid going out in public for at least a full day after the fever and other symptoms have subsided. Even if the person with the flu never had a fever, they shouldn’t be around other people until their symptoms are completely gone.