Common symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, headache, body aches, chest congestion, runny nose, and watery eyes. Although a virus will not help with a viral infection like the flu, it is important to visit the doctor. Medications can be prescribed to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with most symptoms. One of the ways doctors can help their patients prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Each year, the flu virus is slightly different than the prior year. Getting a flu shot is just one way of building a stronger line of defense against the virus. The doctors can also help you improve your diet to ensure your body's immune system is as strong as possible.
Respiratory infections that are caused by viruses will not be helped with antibiotics, so many doctors will not prescribe them unless a bacterial infection is present. The symptoms of the infection, however, are easily treated. Pain medications and anti-inflammatories may be alternated to help control pain, inflammation, and fever. Increasing the intake of fluids can help prevent dehydration and flush away toxins and by-products that are created as the body tries to heal itself. Doctors may encourage the use of supplements and over the counter cough medicines and decongestants to help relieve the discomfort and congestion associated with a respiratory infection.
Upper respiratory infections like the common cold, sinus infections, and bronchitis can be easily prevented if a person maintains healthy lifestyle habits that include frequently washing the hands, especially if they are out in public, eating ample amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. and getting adequate amounts of rest. During cold and flu season getting a flu vaccine and boosting your diet with a nutritional supplement will also help to strengthen the immune system. Doctors are capable of treating many upper respiratory infections with antibiotics and other medications.
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