Arlington Family Practice
Family Practice located in Arlington, MA
Anywhere between 5% and 20% of the population gets the flu every year. Each year holds a different rate of infection. At Arlington Family Practice, Dr. Ann Morvai and the team of medical professionals are committed to providing men, women, and families living in Arlington, Massachusetts, immediate treatment to relieve what can at times be debilitating and aggravating flu symptoms. If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu, get in touch with the office by phone or online to learn more about how to become flu-free.
Flu Q & A
What is the flu?
The flu is one of the most contagious respiratory illnesses out there. Typically, this viral infection spreads through the lower and upper respiratory tract, causing severe side effects along the way if left untreated.
What are the different types of flu?
There are five main types of flu, though some don’t affect humans. The team of medical professional at Arlington Family Practice is well-versed in treating those that travel from animal to human or from human to human. These include:
- Influenza A - birds and mammals
- Influenza B - mammals and seals
- Influenza C - epidemic-inducing and rare
- Avian flu - birds to humans in Asia, Africa, and Europe
- Swine flu - pigs to humans in the United States
What are symptoms of the flu?
It’s important not to confuse the symptoms of the flu with those of a cold. Your doctor can help you identify which one you’re experiencing.
The main difference between the two is that cold symptoms develop over time where those of the flu can arrive one day to the next.
The most common flu symptoms include:
- Cold sweats and chills
- Dry, continuous cough
- A sore throat
- Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
- High temperature (100.4°F and above)
- Nasal congestion
Because this viral infection is extremely contagious, get in touch with the office immediately if you identify with these symptoms.
How do you treat the flu?
Treatments for the flu are standard practice and easily accessible. However, your doctor at Arlington Family Practice tailors your specific treatment so that it meets your unique needs.
The most common medication to prescribe is an antiviral, such as Tamiflu® or Relenza®. In some other cases, your doctor might prescribe painkillers to alleviate muscle-related symptoms.
The team at Arlington Family Practice recommends that you stay indoors and avoid contact with others, as it is incredibly infectious. You should also drink plenty of water (no alcohol) and get some rest.
How can I prevent the flu?
The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get a seasonal flu shot. These vaccines are available at Arlington Family Practice and can be administered at any time.
Don’t dismiss the flu. It’s not only dangerous to you but also those around you. Get in touch with Arlington Family Practice today by phone or online to book an appointment.