Flu treatment: A quick guide
The best treatment is to stay home and rest but you may need to see a doctor if symptoms become severe.
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 03:32 PM
With the flu season in full swing, many people are wondering about flu treatment.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people with seasonal flu have a mild illness and do not need medical treatment.
The government agency recommends staying at home and avoiding contact with other people except for medical personnel.
The stay-at-home period should last until at least 24 hours after your fever subsides. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines like Tylenol, the CDC states.
While most flu victims will not need special care, there are some who are at risk for developing severe symptoms and these people should seek medical help.
For example, young children, people over 65, diabetics, people with asthma and pregnant women should speak with a medical professional concerning flu treatment.
The CDC states that the first line of defense against the flu should be a flu vaccine.
The second line of defense — if you do get the flu and need treatment for it — is to take anti-viral medicine.
Anti-viral drugs, which are different from antibiotics, require a doctor’s prescription.
The CDC states that anti-viral drugs should be used early in the flu episode, preferably within two days of getting sick.
The two brand name anti-viral drugs recommended by the CDC this season are Tamiflu and Relenza.
Both are typically taken for five days but people who are hospitalized may need to take the drugs longer.
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