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What to do if you have the flu

What to Do If You Have the Flu

February 22, 2020

To avoid spreading the virus, stay at home while sick, except to get necessary medical care.

"If you do have the flu, here are some steps you can take to manage your symptoms and get better as quickly as possible," offers Thuyminh Nguyen, D.O., a board-certified Family Medicine physician at Kelsey-Seybold.

  1. Drink fluids: It's crucial that you stay hydrated so your body does not have to undergo any additional stress while fighting the virus. Drink plenty of water, broth and/or sports drinks.
  2. Consider over-the-counter medication: Over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cough syrup and decongestant may help bring down your fever, ease muscle aches and soothe a sore throat. It's important to talk to a Kelsey-Seybold nurse or doctor about which medicine is right for you and follow dosage instructions carefully.
  3. Rest: Your body needs more rest than usual.
To avoid spreading the virus, Kelsey-Seybold physicians recommend that you stay at home while sick, except to get necessary medical care. Avoid work, school and public places for at least 24 hours after your fever has completely disappeared.

If you are a member of a high-risk group or are severely ill, seek medical attention quickly. Schedule an appointment at any Kelsey-Seybold location by calling our 24/7 Contact Center at 713-442-0427. Your doctor may give you a prescription antiviral medication like Tamiflu to lessen your symptoms. These drugs typically work best when taken within the first two days of the appearance of symptoms, so don't delay.

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About the Author

Dr. Thuyminh Nguyen is a family medicine specialist at Kelsey-Seybold's Summer Creek Clinic in Humble. Her clinical interests include preventive medicine, men and women’s health and the treatment of chronic conditions.

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