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Caring For Someone With The Flu

 

If someone close to you contracts the flu virus this year, they’ll likely be pretty miserable and in need of some particular assistance and care. The flu can cause many uncomfortable symptoms such as a sore throat, a cough, and aches throughout the body, a fever, an overall sense of fatigue, diarrhea and nausea. Whether it’s a child, spouse, partner, friend or you yourself who is dealing with the flu, here are some tips for care until full health has been re-established:

Encourage Rest

It may be particularly hard for those who are used to being independent, working hard or who have lots of responsibilities to tend to when they’re told they need to take it easy, but the flu can really take a lot out of a person so plenty of rest is necessary for a quicker recovery. Remind the patient that the flu is also very contagious so not staying home to rest means they’re putting others health at risk.

Resist Sharing

Be extra cautious about spreading the virus when someone near you has the flu. This means avoiding any sharing of food, glasses and cups, utensils, towels, etc. that might spread the flu when shared.

Keep Tidy

Make sure all tissues, dishes, linens, clothing items, pillow cases and other items that are regularly coming in contact with the patient clean, switched out as needed, or thrown away depending on the situation. Keep hands washed (both the patient and caregiver) and avoid touching the eyes, mouth and nose.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure the patient drinks plenty of liquids, water is best, and avoids other unhealthy habits such as smoking or alcohol use that will make symptoms worse.

Keep the Mouth Covered

The patient should take special care to cover their mouth and nose when they cough and/or sneeze to avoid the spread of germs. The caregiver may want to consider wearing a facemask to protect their own mouth and nose from the virus while they tend to the patient.

Follow Up With a Doctor

If the symptoms seem particularly bad, or if the patient is young, elderly, or has other special medical conditions that may complicate flu symptoms further, be sure to seek the appropriate medical attention and direction. Metro Urgent Care can offer help to ease the symptoms related to the flu and get you seen quickly with no appointment necessary.

Make Use of Appropriate Medications

There are lots of helpful over-the-counter medications that are specifically intended for the treatment of flu symptoms. Just make sure to read the directions carefully and follow them accordingly and seek a doctor’s input as needed. People with certain medical conditions, the very young and the elderly will want to make sure that the OTC medications they take are approved for them.

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