Each year, more than 31 million people in the United States visit their doctor because of flu symptoms. At his primary care practice in Dearborn, Michigan, Abdulhassan Saad, MD, provides medical management for the flu that may help reduce the duration of your illness. For an appointment, call the office today, or book online. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection that affects your respiratory system, including your nose, throat, and lungs. You may get the flu when you come in contact with someone who is infected. You are the most contagious during the first three days of the infection.
Flu symptoms are often mistaken for the common cold. However, with the flu, the symptoms tend to develop rapidly and be more severe than cold symptoms.
Symptoms that may indicate you have the flu include:
Most people can manage their flu symptoms at home. But certain groups of people, including the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at risk for complications, such as pneumonia, and should come in to see Dr. Saad for help managing symptoms.
Dr. Saad can run a quick diagnostic test to confirm if you have the flu.
There is no cure for the flu, but if you get in to see Dr. Saad during the first few days of your infection, he may be able to provide you with an antiviral medication that may help decrease the duration of your symptoms.
Dr. Saad also provides recommendations on how to manage your symptoms at home to reduce your discomfort, including:
To prevent others from getting sick, he also recommends you stay at home until you’ve been fever-free for more than 24 hours.
The best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is to get vaccinated every year. This is especially important to those at risk of complications.
Dr. Saad offers flu vaccinations at his medical clinic. It’s generally recommended that you get vaccinated before the end of October, which is right before flu season begins. But getting vaccinated later can still offer protection. It takes about two weeks for your body to build up an immunity to the flu after getting vaccinated.
For management of your flu symptoms or to get your flu shot, call Dr. Saad’s office today, or book an appointment online.