Influenza Or Flu What Are The Symptoms? My husband and I have been talking about all the people that we know who has the flu. My husband, Mark thought the flu was an upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting. I always thought it was a respiratory type infection, or similar to a very bad cold. If your immune system is strong enough you might have very few symptoms, or never even catch a simple cold. While others will get bronchitis, sinus infections or pneumonia, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death. So I did a little research, keep in mind I have no medical training or expertise in health care.
So I did a little research, keep in mind I have no medical training or expertise in the healthcare field.
Influenza or a Cold
Please consult your own doctor if you have any type of symptoms you are worried about. The CDC mentions the flu is different from a cold. The flu comes on suddenly. I do want to share a few ideas I use to help prevent my family from getting the flu or any other bacteria/virus infection:
1. Wash your hands often. I am so glad restaurants and retail stores have started installing those little machines with hand cleaner. I use the antibacterial spray at the grocery store, if provided, on my grocery cart push bar. I wish churches would install them. I have seen some anti-bacterial machines on school walls.
2. Change out your toothbrushes as often as your budget will allow. Yes, they are full of germs, especially if you have been sick. I asked my dentist today if a dishwasher would clean them, he said no. It would not get deep in the bristles where the real bacteria is hiding. He said the best way is to use a UV light machine. He suggested trading out your toothbrushes every three months, minimum. He also mentioned boiling or using a Clorox 10% solution as well to clean your toothbrushes.
3. Wash your hands often. (yes I know this is a repeat)
4. Use pillowcase covers with zippers under your regular pillowcases. We use mattress pads so we can keep the mattress cleaner. The pillow case covers serve the same purpose, I am not a microbiologist but I can only imagine the bacteria on those pillows if they are 6 months, one year, 2 years or 5 years old…..if they have never been washed. I know the pillow case covers say for bed bugs, allergy protection, and dust mite, etc. I buy them to keep my pillows as clean as possible and I wash them often.
5. Wipe all light switches in every room, toilet seat handles, door knobs, lamp switches, cabinet door knobs, remote controls, and phones, etc. with antibacterial type rags or cloths. Use care when cleaning cell phones so they do not get moisture inside them.
6. When going through your local bank or credit union use hand cleaner after handling the drive up window canister. Use hand cleaner after you use those little ATM buttons…..oh goodness I would hate to know what is on those gems.
7. Use hand cleaner after you fill your gas tank.
8. Wash your hands often. (yes I know this is a repeat)
9. You know those ice/soda machines where some of us occasionally get a refill…..just think of the bacteria on those re-fill handles.
11. Drink a lot of water, eat fresh veggies and fruits.
Here are the symptoms of the flu according to the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Fever or feverish/chills
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some will have vomiting and diarrhea, the CDC says this is more common in children.
- Complications from Influenza:
- Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.
People at higher risk of influenza:
Anyone over 65 years of age, people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease. pregnant women and young children, people with neurological conditions, people with chronic lung disease, blood disorders, liver disorders and people who are morbidly obese. There are so many I cannot post all of them. I would check the website: https://www.cdc.gov/ . I think we know ourselves if we are at risk, I just thought I would list a few that I saw on the website.
You will see that I am not saying get a flu shot or do not get a flu shot. You and your family must make that decision. Here’s to staying healthy!