Halloween might be just around the corner, but do you know what can seem scarier than Halloween? The flu virus coming back to our town.
Unfortunately, up to 20% of Americans will be diagnosed with the flu this year, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham wants to offer some insight into the condition.
How Contagious Is the Flu?
It’s very contagious! While you might think the flu virus is only contagious once a person starts experiencing symptoms, it is actually contagious earlier than that. In fact, a person is contagious with the flu a day before symptoms are even present.
Then once symptoms begin, a person is still contagious for about five to seven days. That’s why it is important to recognize the signs of the flu and stay away from others if you’re experiencing them.
Signs of the Flu
- Muscle aches
- Fever over 100.4 F
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Dry cough
How Quickly Can You Get Over the Flu?
Everyone’s experience is different—and it will depend on the strain of the flu you have, as well as its severity. But in general, most symptoms of the flu will alleviate after a week or so.
Some symptoms, such as fatigue, may stick around a little longer.
Treatment of the Flu
- Take an antiviral medication, if prescribed.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink lots of fluids, especially water.
- Take medications as needed to treat individual flu symptoms.
Are you experiencing the symptoms of a flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today for a medical evaluation.