Why Ignoring Common Flu Symptoms Could Cost You

Some people in your office look a little pale to you. A few seem to be a bit lethargic. One co-worker seems to be sneezing a lot in the last 24-hours. A thought comes to your mind that something doesn’t quite seem right. Common flu symptoms can start subtly. Can you just ignore them?

Common Flu Symptoms Can Sneak Up On You

Notice that something feels “off” about the way you’re physically feeling? What about those with whom you spend the most time? If something just doesn’t seem right, it may be the early stages of flu.

Mostly common flu symptoms are like an annoying housefly that temporarily just won’t leave you alone. Those irritations will run through your body and soon, you’ll be back to enjoying your normal daily routine. However, some symptoms, like sudden onset dizziness could be signaling a more serious medical problem. So, if those flu symptoms seem to linger and especially if you’re feeling worse, best to consult with a medical doctor.

What’s the difference between common flu symptoms and something more serious? Let’s take a look:

Common Flu Symptoms               Serious Symptoms That May Needa Doctor Visit

Muscle or body aches                    Breathing difficulties including shortness of breath

Lethargy (unnatural tiredness)   Abdominal discomfort

Fever/chills                                    Chest pain

Headache                                        Mental confusion

Sore throat                                      Sudden onset dizziness

Cough                                              Extreme vomiting that won’t stop

Stuffy nose                                      Flu symptoms that go away but return in a

Vomiting or diarrhea                    worsened version


Common Things You Can Do For Comfort During The Flu

Getting the flu is nothing to ignore. With the right mindset, you can cope with and heal faster. Here are some simple things to do when you’re down with the flu:

  • Stay at home – you may be contagious
  • Drink lots of liquids, especially water, to avoid getting dehydrated. Urine colored a dark yellow usually means you are dehydrated. If you pee dark yellow, drink more clear, clean water. Aim for urinating approximately every three to five hours.
  • Rest, sleep and relax. Work with always be there when you return to the office. However, you only have one body. Take care of it and it will serve you well.
  • Do not drink alcohol, smoke or take recreational drugs while down with the flu. This may delay your healing.
  • Eat nutrition-dense foods. Junk foods will not help you get better.
  • Stay away from others if possible. If you are sick with the flu, you may spread those germs. However, if others are sick, they might have different germs which could lead to a secondary infection for you and them.
  • Reduce stress. Getting upset can delay your healing.
  • As long as your doctor approves it, you may take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce muscle achiness and reduce fever.

Take the flu virus seriously, especially for the aged, children and those with special medical conditions. While most likely recovery will occur within a couple of weeks, keep in touch with your doctor if your symptoms hang on.

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