We are often asked about the best influenza treatment and influenza medication. There are a number of products available for influenza treatment, and it can be difficult to choose among them. Weíll tell you about whatís available and what we recommend.
The flu is a virus that causes symptoms like fever, headaches, muscle aches, sore throat, sneezing, coughing, and fatigue. Rarely, it also causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The good news is that in most cases, people will actually recovery from the flu without any treatment. The virus simply runs its course in a week or so. The bad news is that flu symptoms can make you absolutely miserable for a week or so. Fortunately, there are ways to treat flu symptoms. There are also ways to prevent the flu.
Before we talk about influenza medication and treatment, letís look at prevention.
Probably the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. Thatís what the CDC recommends. You have to get a flu shot each year because the virus mutates. Last yearís shot wonít protect you this year. Flu shots are usually available early in the fall. Some people are afraid they might get the flu from a flu shot, but that isnít possible because the vaccine is not made from live flu virus. Some people do have side effects from the flu shot, but these are usually mild and may include soreness at the injection site, achy muscles, and a low-grade fever. There can be more serious side effects, but those are rare.
You can also help protect yourself from getting the flu by washing your hands a lot. The flu is usually transmitted when someone who has the flu coughs or sneezes. This sprays little droplets of flu virus into the air. If you inhale these droplets, you can catch the flu. But here is how washing your hands helps you. If a person coughs or sneezes on an object, like a doorknob or telephone, and you touch that object and then touch your mouth or nose, you can catch the flu. If you wash your hands first, you wash off the flu germs and protect yourself.
In most cases, the flu will clear up on its own in a week or so without any sort of treatment or influenza medication. However, there are antiviral medications that can speed the recovery process. This type of influenza medication is only available by prescription, so youíll need to see your doctor if you want a prescription.
There are also a number of over-the-counter remedies for influenza treatment. These are not a cure for the flu, but can relieve the symptoms and help you feel better. It can be confusing to choose among all the different over-the-counter remedies, so you might want to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which would be the best thing for you to take for influenza treatment.
You should be aware that both prescription and over-the-counter influenza medication can have side effects. Antiviral medications may cause nausea, vomiting, confusion, behavioral changes, and skin reactions. Over-the-counter medications often cause extreme drowsiness and insomnia, among other problems. Some people prefer to use natural remedies for influenza treatment instead, in order to avoid these unpleasant side effects.
See your doctor in the fall if you want to get a flu shot. If you do get the flu, you can probably treat it with over-the-counter remedies or homeopathic remedies. However, you should see your doctor if your symptoms are very severe, if your symptoms last for more than one week, if you have a pre-existing condition, if you have a very high fever, or if you have trouble breathing.
More than influenza treatment on our symptoms of the flu page
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