When so many seasonal bugs are circulating, it can be difficult to decipher what you may be suffering from. Identifying early symptoms especially when it comes to flu, can help you take quick action so you can start feeling better as soon as possible. Dr. Ken Redcross of Redcross Concierge, shares some tell-tale signs of three common viruses to watch for:
Stomach flu: The norovirus, commonly known as “stomach flu,” is not related to influenza. It can be the result of a weakened immune system from the seasonal flu. The norovirus generally lasts 48 hours and must simply run its course. If you have the stomach flu, be sure to drink plenty of clear liquids that contain electrolytes. Vomiting and diarrhea associated with this illness can cause dehydration. You should also avoid sharing food and drinks with others. If symptoms persist for more than two days, be sure to see a health professional because it could be a more serious condition.
Hand, foot and mouth disease: Officially known as “coxsackie,” this seasonal bug is characterized by fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, decreased appetite and a blister-like rash on the hands, feet and mouth. These symptoms generally last three to seven days. Although there is no specific treatment for coxsackie, it’s important to address the fever and remain hydrated.
Flu: Influenza comes on suddenly unlike the common cold. Primary symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, and commonly diarrhea in young children. Flu symptoms usually last three to five days, but may linger for a week or more in some cases.
If you begin feeling run down, you’ll want to have a homeopathic medicine like Oscillococcinum on hand. When taken at the first sign of flu-like symptoms, Oscillococcinum has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of the body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue.*
For more tips to help you and your family stay healthy throughout the year, visit Oscillo.com/wellness.
*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.