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Family Care

Family Medicine located in Davenport, FL & Poinciana, FL

The flu affects 5-20% of the population each year. It’s extremely common, spreads quickly, and can debilitate you with aggravating symptoms. At Family Care in both Davenport and Poinciana, Florida, Dr. Maria Concepcion, Dr. Retta Skinner, NP, and Dr. Marygold Fernandez provide expert care to alleviate the crippling symptoms of the flu. Get in touch with Family Care either by phone or online if you think you might be suffering from the flu.

Flu Q&A

What is the flu?

The flu is a respiratory illness that typically spreads through the lower and upper respiratory tract. In so doing, it causes many complications as it travels and ultimately spreads to the people around you.

If you’re suffering from a cold, you’ll feel less active for a few days, and then your symptoms will disappear. The flu, however, has aggravating symptoms that can pop up and worsen each day, making even pouring a cup of coffee feel insurmountable.

What are the different types of flu?

There are five known types of flu. Each type targets a specific demographic and has unique effects. The five types include:

  • Influenza A: in birds and mammals
  • Influenza B: in mammals and seals
  • Influenza C: rare and creates massive epidemics
  • Avian flu: birds spread to humans in Asia, Africa, and Europe
  • Swine flu: spread from pigs to humans in the US

What are symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms are the flu are very quickly confused with those of a cold. However, they are not the same. The team at Family Care can help you distinguish between the two.

The main difference between the flu and a cold is that symptoms of the former arise spontaneously, where those of the latter develop over time.

Common symptoms of the flu typically include:

  • High temperature (over 100.4°F)
  • Aching arms, legs, and back
  • Headaches
  • Chills and cold sweats
  • Continuous dry cough
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A sore throat and nasal congestion

How do you treat the flu?

Treating the flu can be complicated, depending on how developed your symptoms have become. Thankfully, the team at Family Care provides expert care in handling the flu.  

Your doctor might prescribe painkillers to get rid of your aches. Unfortunately, the most effective treatment is time.

To properly recover from the flu, Family Care recommends that you stay indoors and avoid contact with others. This will allow you to get plenty of rest, hydrate, and detox from any alcohol or smoke binge you might have been on prior to the illness.

How can you avoid getting the flu?

Each year, your local pharmacy, as well as your doctor, offer flu shots. It’s vital that you do this to avoid getting the flu. Contact Family Care for more vaccine information and to find out if the flu shot is compatible with your body.

It’s important you seek out expert care, especially if you think you’re exhibiting flu symptoms. Contact the office today by phone or online to learn more.