While we are still in the midst of cold and flu season, it is important to remember to take steps to reduce your chances of catching one of these viruses. If you or a family member do happen to come down with a cold or flu, however, there are ways to make yourself or your loved one more comfortable, including calling one of our family medicine in New Jersey practices.
Preventing Colds and Flus
The best way to get through cold and flu season is to take steps to keep yourself healthy. This includes:
• Getting a flu shot
• Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Staying away from people who are sick
If you do find that you have come down with an illness, stay home to avoid spreading it to others.
Treating Colds and Flus
Even with the best hygiene practices and preventative measures, illness can still strike. Most colds and flus, while uncomfortable, can be treated at home while they run their course. If you or a loved one catches one of these viruses, you can take steps to lessen symptoms and get better faster:
• Get as much rest as possible
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Take over-the-counter medicine to relieve symptoms
• Sip warm liquids
• Add moisture to the air to loosen congestion
As a reminder, antibiotics will not help treat viruses such as colds or flus, and you should check all labels on over-the-counter medicines to ensure they are appropriate to take.
When to See a Doctor
There will be times when it is appropriate and imperative to see a doctor during a cold or flu illness. Please call a Medical Group of New Jersey practice to see a doctor if:
• Symptoms last more than 10 days
• Symptoms are unusual or severe
• If the patient is under 3 months and has a fever or is lethargic
• The patient is at high risk for severe flu complications
Our family medicine practices in New Jersey are standing by to help you feel better in the event of a cold or flu. Call The Medical Group of New Jersey to schedule an appointment for illness treatments or routine medical care.