What Do I Do if I Have the Flu?

Influenza can make you feel really sick. Even if you took all of the recommended precautions like getting your flu shot and avoiding anyone who is ill, there is always the chance that you will fall ill.

If you do, your main focus should always be to take care of your body and rest so your body can work hard to help you feel better! Below our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team outlines the most common symptoms and some home remedies to help you feel your best.

How Bad Will My Flu Symptoms Get?

Unfortunately, there is really no way of knowing if your symptoms will stay mild or if you will suffer a more severe infection. At the onset of any sore throat, cough or emerging fever, take it easy and get plenty of rest.

Most flu symptoms come on suddenly, so if you get sick while at work or school, go home! You can recover faster at home and your coworkers and classmates will thank you.

Potential Flu Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Muscle or body aches

What Is the Quickest Way to Recover From the Flu?

You might feel pretty sick for a couple of days as your body works hard to overcome your infection. Once your fever breaks and your body starts to fight it off, you will start to feel much better. In the meantime, the best ways of riding out a viral infection like influenza is to rest often, drink plenty of water and treat any symptoms with some OTC medication.

Most people don’t need to visit their medical provider for the flu, but if you are 65 or older, have a small child or have a chronic medical condition, it can be a good idea to be seen by a medical provider so he or she can keep an eye on your symptoms. If you fall into one of these categories, you have a higher risk of experiencing more severe complications due to the flu so it’s always better to err on the side of caution!

Recover Faster From the Flu

  • Stick to water or electrolyte-replacement drinks.
  • Eat meals that are easy to digest.
  • Take it easy and get quality sleep.
  • Stay home while you are symptomatic.

If you are wondering if your recent illness is the flu, come see us at AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN for a rapid test.