Ways to Minimize Flu Symptoms

Ways to Minimize Flu Symptoms

Douglas C. Moody MD, family medicine doctor at Montgomery Family Medicine, discusses the best way to treat the flu and deal with symptoms.

Flu Symptoms: How Long Do They Last?

“They’ll usually be very sick for a week,” Dr. Moody tells Local 12’s Liz Bonis. Typical flu symptoms include:

  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Flushed face
  • Headache
  • Lack of energy
  • Nausea and vomiting

“I think I Have the Flu. What Next?”

If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, your best bet is to see a doctor as soon as possible.

“We have some really good medicine for it, but it has to be instituted, generally, within 48 hours – with a little bit of wiggle room there – and for your very best results, in the first 12 or 24 hours,” Dr. Moody explains.

Tamiflu is the most common medication prescribed to reduce flu symptoms. Dr. Moody even suggests taking it as a precautionary measure, if you have high exposure. “Let’s say your spouse has it, and if you start taking Tamiflu, you won’t get it.”

If you prefer over-the-counter medications – like Advil or Tylenol – he says it’s important to match the pill to your pain.

Also, don't forget that the flu vaccine is still available for prevention.

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Last Updated: January 29, 2013