Wednesday, December 19, 2018

As winter approaches, you and your family may need to gear up for more than just colder temperatures.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of certain respiratory illnesses, like colds and influenza (flu), and what to do if you feel ill?

This graphic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will help you determine if you or a loved one has a cold or the flu.

Before you arrive

Feeling Sick?

In most cases of a cold or the flu, symptoms will go away on their own without treatment by your doctor. If you are sick, stay at home and try to avoid contact with other people. If you have a fever, a good rule of thumb is to not resume normal activities until the fever has been gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication.

If you are among a high-risk group or your symptoms are severe, you may need to see a doctor. High-risk groups include young children, people ages 65 and older, pregnant women and individuals with certain medical conditions.

In some cases, antiviral medications may be used to treat the flu if symptoms are caught early. These medications should shorten the time you are sick and lessen the severity of symptoms. This may prevent the development of serious flu-related complications like pneumonia that can lead to a hospitalization.

Don’t Forget Prevention

To try to prevent the flu, make sure to get your flu vaccination and practice good hand hygiene by washing or sanitizing your hands often, and coughing and sneezing into your elbow.

Treatment That’s a Click Away

If you need medical advice this winter or throughout the year, Norman Regional has you covered. We treat patients with colds, flu and other illnesses. Log on to Norman Regional Virtual Care and visit with a provider today from the comfort of your home, office or holiday retreat in Oklahoma. It’s quick, convenient and only costs $45 for each visit.