Each year, the influenza virus (the flu) spreads throughout the United States and infects millions of individuals. Some estimates suggest that the flu infects between 35-44 million people annually, which causes massive delays in school and productivity across the country.
Since the flu is extremely contagious it helps if patients understand some of the key flu symptoms for the upcoming 2019 flu season. While some forms of the flu virus are stronger than others, on a year-by-year basis, the symptoms are generally the same. And these symptoms are likely to cause patients to miss several hours of school, work, and outside activities they enjoy during the year.
And remember, the best way to prevent the flu virus is to get an updated flu shot ASAP! Here are some of the flu symptoms to watch for and avoid in 2019:
Congestion, sneezing, and coughing are highly common flu symptoms
The flu virus attacks the immune system in a way that causes respiratory irritability in the form of congestion, sneezing, coughing, and similar ailments. Patients that have allergies or asthma are likely to experienced increased intensity of these symptoms since they already have persistent autoimmune issues.
If you have any of these symptoms, it means that the flu virus has already spread throughout your body and your immune system is actively fighting it off. Depending on the current strain of the virus these symptoms may last between a few days or a few weeks.
The flu also causes nausea, fatigue, and dehydration
If you have the flu, chances are you will start to feel nauseous, light-headed, fatigued, and dehydrated as your body continues to fight off the virus. Make sure you are constantly drinking fluids and staying hydrated since the flu can lead to other health issues or symptoms due to significant dehydration.
Fever is probably the most common symptom of the flu
Whenever you begin to have a fever during flu season, chances are that you are about to experience all of the other symptoms mentioned above in short time.
Flu-related fevers can range in intensity and are usually indicators of a full-blown infection. Many patients should try and rest and visit a local urgent care center if they begin to experience a fever. Chances are you will need to take a few days off in order to get back on your feet.
Even though the flu causes a wide range of debilitating symptoms, the good news for patients is that the virus is preventable and treatable. Make sure you find a local healthcare provider that can provide flu shots, symptom relief, and peace of mind!