Winter brings its signature illnesses with it each year: Bronchitis, Sinusitis, colds, and the dreaded flu. Each year, 10-20% of the population contracts the flu, or influenza. It is caused by a virus which can be contracted by direct contact or by airborne droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. Children are two to three times more likely to be infected than healthy adults and infants under the age of 2 are the most vulnerable to the illness.
If you are a loved one is infected with the illness, rest, plenty of fluids, ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever and aches all serve as treatments, but contacting one of our physicians here at John’s Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine is recommended. Never give your child or yourself cold medicine without consulting with a physician first. If you or your child experience violent coughing, high and persistent fever, difficulty breathing, or produce bloody mucus contact us immediately as these are sings of pneumonia. Of course, the best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting the flu vaccine. However, if you or a loved one becomes infected with the flu, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment to be treated.
To learn more about the flu, and how we can treat it, call Johns Creek Dermatology & Family Medicine today.