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What to Do if You Have the Flu

If you have the flu, you’re not alone. Each year tens of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with the influenza virus. Following the Covid epidemic, there has been a surge of viral infections. Many people who haven’t gotten the flu in the past are being impacted now. The flu can be very uncomfortable with symptoms ranging from runny nose, fever, body aches, and vomiting. If you have the flu, here’s what you need to know.

How long does the flu usually last?

For many, flu symptoms are gone within a week. However, influenza can cause a variety of complications including pneumonia, bronchitis, and more. People with pre-existing conditions may experience worsened symptoms. In cases such as this, some experience flu symptoms for several weeks. How long should you stay home with the flu? Medical professionals recommend that you stay home until it’s been at least 24 hours since your last fever (this is without the use of medications that reduce fevers) or five days from when you first exhibited flu symptoms. 

What to Eat When You Have the Flu

Hydration is key when it comes to a quick recovery from the flu. For this reason, foods like popsicles, vegetable broths, and soups are a great way to help your body heal. Try to avoid foods with added sugars. These are linked to inflammation and can actually make it harder to get well soon. Try instead foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as blueberries and leafy greens. 

When should you go to urgent care for flu?

If you’re unsure whether or not you have the flu, doctors at an urgent care can help diagnose you using a rapid influenza test. However, during flu season you make risk the chance of spreading the virus to others. At Lanier Urgent Care we recommend scheduling a virtual appointment. This way you can get answers to your medical questions while resting at home. Available to patients across Georgia, Lanier Urgent Care is giving patients the care they need at their convenience. If you’re in the Gainesville area and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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