Colds and Flu

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by bluefin, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. bluefin

    bluefin Member

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    What to Do for Colds and Flu

    The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is part of the U. S. government. FDA makes sure medicines for illnesses like colds and flu work and are safe.

    Is It a Cold or the Flu? For Your Safety, Know the Difference

    A cold and the flu (also called influenza) are alike in many ways. But the flu can sometimes lead to more serious problems, like the lung disease pneumonia.

    A stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing are usually signs of a cold.

    Tiredness, fever, headache, and major aches and pains probably mean you have the flu.

    Coughing can be a sign of either a cold or the flu. But a bad cough usually points to the flu.

    Know When to Call Your Doctor

    You usually do not have to call your doctor right away if you have signs of a cold or flu. But you should call your doctor in these situations:

    • Your symptoms get worse.
    • Your symptoms last a long time.
    • After feeling a little better, you develop signs of a more serious problem. Some of these signs are a sick-to-your-stomach feeling, vomiting, high fever, shaking chills, chest pain, or coughing with thick, yellow-green mucus.
    Try to Avoid Getting a Cold

    • Wash your hands often. You can pick up cold germs easily, even when shaking someone's hand or touching doorknobs or handrails.
    • Avoid people with colds when possible.
    • If you sneeze or cough, do it into a tissue and then throw the tissue away.
    • Clean surfaces you touch with a germ-killing disinfectant.
    • Don't touch your nose, eyes or mouth. Germs can enter your body easily by these paths.
    Try to Avoid Getting The Flu

    A flu shot can greatly lower your chance of getting the flu. The best time to get the shot is from the middle of October to the middle of November, because most people get the flu in the winter.

    The shot can't cause the flu. But you may feel sore or weak or have a fever for a couple of days.

    Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

    Almost all people who want to lower their chance of coming down with the flu can get a flu shot.

    Flu shots are most important for:

    • people 65 or older
    • nursing home patients
    • people over 6 months old with health problems, like asthma, or with long-term diseases, like HIV or heart disease
    • children or teenagers who must often take aspirin
    • people who are often around the elderly or those with health problems
    Who Might Not Be Able to Get a Flu Shot?

    Some people should talk to their doctor first.

    Talk to your doctor before you get the shot if you:

    • have certain allergies, especially to eggs
    • have an illness, like pneumonia
    • have a high fever
    • are pregnant
    Prescription Medicine Can Prevent Flu, Too

    If you are one of those who should not get the flu shot, ask your doctor about prescription medicine like Zanamivir (Zanamivir Information) to help prevent flu.

    And if you get the flu, taking this medicine within the first 48 hours can make your illness less serious.
  2. interval_illusion

    interval_illusion Deceased

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    first of all, if you are just trying to be nice..thanks and sorry for my bitchyness coming up

    if not..

    we arent about five years old and dont be a pusher.
  3. Jack-a-Roe

    Jack-a-Roe Member

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    om...because influenza and the cold are viruses you can't take medicine for the actual take medicine to treat the can take antibiotics for bacterial induced illnesses

    and you shouldn't really get the flu shot unless your have a low immunity because any how the genetic make up alters easily in the flu and the vaccines against it can not keep up with how frequently the flu changes
  4. Bilby

    Bilby Lifetime Supporter and Freerangertarian Super Moderator

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    Russians have been taking garlic to protect against fle for eons. Personally speaking I find that eating raw garlic makes me crabby, so I prefer to gently sweat it off in some butter.
  5. vimmeroony

    vimmeroony Member

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    you can get flu vaccinations, they are prepared to treat the flu of the current year - hence the annual vaccinations and non-100% success rate. But yeah, i don't take flu vaccinations and i haven't been sick in over 2 years. Garlic is good, and vitamin c with zinc. Seems to be doing the trick.

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