People who have the flu have a cough, a sore throat, either a runny nose or nasal congestion, aches and pains all over the body, chills, exhaustion, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Every person with the flu may not have all these symptoms, but most people have at least several of these symptoms at the same time. While most people who have the flu have a fever, this isn't always the case.
Although some people who have the flu have only a mild case and can recover naturally, most people find it easier to recover with medical care. When patients think they have the flu, they should see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. In the meantime, it's best to avoid contact with others as much as possible to avoid passing the illness to them. Patients should wash their hands often to avoid spreading any lingering germs.
Young children, the elderly, and pregnant women are all in the high-risk group for flu-related complications. People in these groups need to seek medical care as soon as they feel ill and continue to follow their healthcare provider's advice until they are well again.
Yes, there are medications that can help alleviate flu symptoms. Antiviral medications are available by prescription only, and they can relieve symptoms to help flu sufferers feel better quickly. Antiviral drugs may also help patients avoid some of the more serious complications from the flu.
Patients should avoid being around others as much as possible as long as they have a fever. Ideally, patients should wait until the fever and other symptoms have been gone for a full day before they go out in public. If the flu patient never had a fever, they should still wait until their symptoms have abated completely to be around others.