Flu Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

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.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

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.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

You’ll typically experience the chills, followed by a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • General feeling of illness
  • Watery or bloodshot eyes

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.

What’s the best way to prevent 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 with chronic conditions affecting the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, or immune system
  • Pregnant women
  • Children age 5 and younger
  • Adults age 65 and up

People who are overweight also benefit from getting an annual flu shot.

How is the flu diagnosed?

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.

How is the flu treated?

Dr. Lyons will advise you to drink plenty of fluids and rest. She may recommend:

  • Tamiflu: A prescription flu treatment that’s most effective when taken within 48 hours of your first symptoms
  • Zofran: To treat nausea and vomiting
  • Steroids: To reduce inflammation

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.