If, despite your best germ-avoidance efforts (and getting a flu shot), you come down with the flu, here are the top survival tips from Andrew Pasetti, DO of the HonorHealth Medical Group:
- Shop early.
Gather some preparedness supplies while everyone is well. You’ll need tissues, fluids and over-the-counter medication to help with symptoms while the virus runs its course. Remember to have your favorite hot tea on hand. Just in case!
- See your primary care physician as soon as possible.
Anti-viral medications make a difference in the severity of the flu but work best in the first 72 hours.
- Isolate yourself – or your family member.
Stay home from work or school so you don’t infect others. Follow good hand washing practices and try not to hang out with the rest of your family while you are sick. Get some fresh air into the room where you are riding out the flu, too.
Have a well person in your house clean and disinfect surfaces to protect other family members. If you are caring for a sick family member, follow good hand washing practices and keep your hands away from your face and eyes.
- Recognize complications from flu.
Adults who are 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with some chronic medical conditions such as asthma are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu.
- Talk to your physician.
Monitor for complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. Seek emergency medical attention for trouble breathing, mental confusion or sudden dizziness.
Andrew Pasetti, DO has a specialty in family medicine and practices at HonorHealth Medical Group – South Tempe location.