Flu symptoms usually appear suddenly and may include fever exceeding 102
degrees, stuffy nose, fatigue, muscle aches, decreased appetite, nausea,
chills and sweats, cough, and headache.
Sunil Hebbar, MD, a South Bay-area family health practitioner, to share some of his top
What’s the best way to prevent cold and flu?
It’s important to practice basic hand hygiene, by washing your hands
regularly and using hand sanitizer, especially if you are in high exposure
areas like schools and healthcare settings. Maintaining a healthy diet
and exercising regularly will also help boost your body’s immune
system and make you less susceptible to getting infections. And, of course,
getting an annual flu shot is one of the best preventive measures you can take.
What are some common misconceptions that patients have about cold and flu?
One common misconception that is often heard is that the influenza vaccine
can make you ill or catch the flu. This has not been scientifically proven.
Other common misconceptions usually relate to the role of medications.
Treatment for the common cold and flu is mainly supportive, including
rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicines that can provide symptomatic
relief. Prescription medications are typically not needed, although antivirals
can shorten the duration of the flu if caught early enough.