Chills? Fever? Headache? These are common signs of the flu. While the best prevention for the flu is a flu shot, if you have the flu, you can count on Dr. Ebonee Lyons at Lyons Family Care to provide the right care to speed your recovery. She prescribes medications to alleviate flu symptoms, including vomiting. Call today or schedule a consultation online with the practice in Hoover, Alabama.
A viral infection, the flu often starts with the chills, followed by a fever and other symptoms. The flu is unlike the cold, which is often brought on by a bacterial infection. The flu affects your respiratory tract. Respiratory issues, such as wheezing, can linger 6-8 weeks after a bout of the flu.
Millions of people get the flu every year. For some, the condition can cause life-threatening complications like pneumonia. The best prevention for the flu is an annual flu shot.
You’ll typically experience the chills, followed by a variety of symptoms, such as:
You can expect symptoms to start 1-4 days after you’ve been exposed to the flu. Nausea and vomiting are also common, especially in children with the flu.
Flu shots are the best way to avoid getting the flu. While people of all ages should get a flu shot, being immunized is especially important for:
People who are overweight also benefit from getting an annual flu shot.
Diagnosing the flu occurs in a quick office visit to Lyons Family Care. Dr. Lyons will take a complete medical history and perform a physical exam to evaluate your symptoms. She may order a test that detects influenza viruses.
Dr. Lyons will advise you to drink plenty of fluids and rest. She may recommend:
Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Lyons may suggest fever medicine or cough syrup. Her goal is to create a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and speed your recovery.
If you think you have the flu, it’s not too late to receive treatment. Call today or book a consultation online with Lyons Family Care.