A 35-year-old male asked:
i am experiencing flu (influenza).
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Please ask questions: Post a question. Adults' over-the-counter medicines for colds may be ok to use if one follows the labels' instructions, stays below maximum doses, and is not using more than one medicine of each type. Fever and pain reducers include acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Cough meds include Robitussin (some people use DM, some avoid it). Decongestants and antihistamines include Claritin-D, Zyrtec-D, etc...
143 viewsReviewed Sep 07, 2019
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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142 viewsReviewed Sep 04, 2019
Are some people more likely to get the flu than others?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: The flu is spread from person to person through microscopic droplets expelled during coughing or sneezing, or if you inadvertently touch a surface or an object covered with those droplets. As such, people in close contact with a sick individual are more likely to get the flu. This includes babies and infants in daycare centers and older children in school, and t heir family members.
6.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 31-year-old member asked:
I have the flu, how long until I can return to work?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 32 years experience
When fever is gone: You can usually return to work when your fever is gone and you are able to eat and drink and get your strength back. Recovery time may be longer for people with lung disease or diabetes.
6.4k viewsReviewed Jan 01, 2021
A 21-year-old member asked:
Everyone gets the flu. It's not dangerous is it?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Define "flu": The everyday "common" flu is not dangerous. The influenza flu, which we can get vaccinated for, can be serious to the elderly, infants, and those who are immune compromised (i.e. Chemotherapy patients, etc.). It is estimated that there are approximately 30, 000 deaths per year due to the influenza flu.
6.1k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 25-year-old member asked:
Is there a way to know for sure that you have the flu?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: Ther is a test for infulanza a+b fast test to see if you have those types fast and simpl.
6.1k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 40-year-old member asked:
If I drink a lot, am I more susceptable to getting the flu?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Alcohol is a sugar. Sugars being acidic slow down enzymes systems throughtout the body including those responsible for the immune system and thereby make you more susceptibel to infections.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
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