The flu virus can cause a myriad of symptoms. Each person will respond to the virus differently. A few of the most common flu symptoms include fever, headaches, body aches, upper respiratory congestion, sinus pain, sore throat, swollen tonsils, runny nose, and itching, watery eyes. Some patients may have mild symptoms, while others have severe symptoms. The strain of flu will also determine how the body reacts. Certain strains can are also known to significantly reduce the ability of the body's immune system to fight off other types of infections, including ear and lung infections. Receiving an annual flu shot can help to control many of these symptoms.
Doctors recommend each patient getting a yearly flu shot to help protect them from the virus. The flu shot is designed to boost the immune system of individuals whose immune system may not be fully able to protect them from the virus. This includes small children, the elderly, and individuals who suffer from autoimmune disorders. Risks that are associated with the flu shot include a mild reaction at the injection site and flu-like symptoms that are similar to what one would experience if they actually contracted the flu. The symptoms associated with the flu shot, however, are milder than what the person would experience with the actual virus.
Because the flu is a virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective at treating bacterial infections. To treat the flu, a doctor will identify the symptoms and treat them accordingly. This means anti-inflammatories and pain medications for the fever and body aches. Decongestants will help to relieve nasal and chest congestion. Opening the airways and reducing inflammation allows the person to breathe better and begin to get back on the road to good health. The doctor will also recommend getting at least eight to ten hours of good sleep every night so the body can begin the healing process.
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