Many people are dealing with the flu right now—especially in our area. Unfortunately, Knoxville has been a flu hotspot over the past couple of weeks.
If you are one of the many who have recently gotten the flu and are dealing with a fever, there are things you can do to feel better! Our AFC Urgent Care Farragut team highlights them below, so read on!
Why Does the Flu Get Worse During the Winter?
Each winter, we enter “flu season.” But, why? There are actually several reasons.
One of the most popular theories, though, is that days are shorter during the winter, which obviously allows for less sunlight. Because of this, more people have lower levels of vitamin D and melatonin, which both need plenty of sunlight to benefit the immune system. A weaker immune system means less protection against viruses and other illnesses.
Common Flu Symptoms
- Aches and pains throughout the body
- Sore throat
- An extreme feeling of fatigue
- A persistent and worsening cough
- Stuffy or runny nose
Can I Treat a Flu Fever?
Yes, you can! A low fever of over 100ºF is very common among those who have tested positive for the flu, but it’s treatable.
In addition to OTC fever and pain reducers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, these treatments can help you feel better!
Ways to Reduce Flu Symptoms
- Stay home and get plenty of rest. Staying home will keep you from spreading the virus to anyone else, and resting will allow your body sufficient time to recuperate.
- Drink lots of fluids. Water is the best choice, but consuming other liquids will help, too! Things like broth-based soup and tea will help to flush out thick mucus into a thin liquid you can cough up and spit out.
- Ask your doctor about antiviral medicines. Tamiflu is perhaps the best-known form of this type of medication that is used to combat the flu. It only works, though, if it is taken within at least two days of the start of flu symptoms. It doesn’t cure the flu, but can shorten the duration and intensity of the illness.
Need your flu vaccine? Stop by to get yours today at our AFC Urgent Care Farragut location!