Influenza Treatment in Ellicott City, MD
Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is a viral infection of the respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). It is a different type of infection than the stomach viruses, or “stomach flu” that may cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Influenza generally shows up in seasonal outbreaks or epidemics that affect many people. Epidemics can sometimes turn into a pandemic when they spread across a larger area, such as a continent or several continents.
People at a high risk for complications due to influenza are:
- Young children age 6 months to 4 years old
- Older adults over 65
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes , or heart problems
- People with a compromised immune system due to cancer treatments, anti-rejection drugs, corticosteroids, or HIV
If you are suffering from flu symptoms, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
Symptoms of the Flu
In the beginning, flu symptoms may be similar to those of the common cold, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a sore throat. The main difference is that flu symptoms are more sudden, and progressively become more severe.
Adults suffering from the flu may experience:
Children with the flu may additionally have:
- Ear pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
Flu Shots and Influenza Treatment
Influenza is an airborne disease, meaning it travels through the air, usually when someone coughs or sneezes. You can also contract the flu by making contact with something like a computer keyboard, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. The best way to prevent the spread of influenza is to wash your hands, and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Another important way to protect yourself from getting the flu, or to make the symptoms less severe, is through annual vaccinations.
Flu vaccinations , also known as flu shots, are recommended every year because the influenza virus is constantly changing. This means that your antibodies for the old version will not protect you from the new version. Flu shots are typically given between the months of September and mid-November to children 6-months and older, teens, and adults.
Patients between the ages of 2 and 49 years old also have the option of getting a nasal mist which contains weakened, live flu viruses that your body uses to build antibodies.
Fight the Flu
For patients suffering from the flu, a doctor will prescribe a comprehensive flu treatment plan of rest, fluids, and antiviral medications to ensure that the symptoms don't worsen.
If you or your child has the flu, or you would like to receive preventative vaccinations, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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