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When I have flu? E-mail
When cold is often spoken of flu or flu, but 'real' flu is something else. Flu often begins suddenly with high fever and chills. Everything hurts, especially throat, head, arms and legs. A dry cough and a runny nose are there too.
Each year gets more than one in ten people flu, mostly in the winter. You can get each year. Influenza is a contagious disease and often spreads rapidly through the country. If lots of people have flu, we speak of an epidemic.

What is it?
Influenza is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. The virus is highly contagious and is usually transmitted by coughing, talking or giving each other a hand. 24 to 72 hours after infection, the first noticeable symptoms. Influenza usually occurs in winter and early in the spring. Because the virus is so contagious, the flu is often epidemic.

How is influenza prevented
The infection with the flu virus is not, but the emergence of the disease are. By ensuring a good enough condition to build resistance. Important to good nutrition, adequate sleep, relaxation and exercise.

Can the evil?
You can feel quite sick from flu, but fortunately is most evident over. The fever and pain disappear after three to five days. It takes sometimes a couple weeks before you back the old feel.

Some people are more at risk of complications if they get flu, they belong to a 'risk'. Risk of influenza are:

  • People with heart or lung disease and people with diabetes, they have potential for worsening of their disease;
  • kidney patients and people who have low immunity due to illness or medical treatment, their body is vulnerable, so the effects of flu can be serious;
  • people aged 65 and older.

What can you do to yourself?

  • It is advisable to rest. You do not necessarily in bed, but exercise can be better avoided.
  • Avoid cooling if you go beyond: dress to the weather.
  • Uitzieken is the best remedy for flu. Provide adequate (night) rest, warmth and relaxation.
  • If you have fever, it is important that you drink enough and still in bed. Take time to relax to the sick. If you asked to start, the disease returned.
  • Medicines are not necessary. Rust is the best medicine.

When the doctor?
Sometimes the flu is not clear and other diseases added, those companies should be treated as pneumonia. In the following cases it is good to contact the GP to include:

  • If you are short;
  • If there are many slime off when coughing;
  • If the fever persists for more than five days;
  • If you get a fever again, after you're had a fever Friday.

If there are other phenomena that you're concerned, talk with your doctor.

People from a risk can always contact us with their doctor if they think to have the flu. It's even better in advance to get a flu.

The flu
The flu can flu in most cases. If you still get the flu, then the puncture sure that the disease is less severe. For those extra risk, it is absolutely to recommend an annual flu target. The medical assistant can tell you for a flu eligible. The puncture should be given every year, the best time is late October or early November. The puncture is sometimes a day what a pain in your arm, but you can not ill. If you belong to a risk you prick reimbursed.

There are no drugs against flu. Only the symptoms can be controlled. For fever above 39.5 degrees paracetamol or a product with aspirin use. These resources alone, together or in combination with various other substances called 'flu remedies. "The flu resources are in fact normal antipyretic and pain-relieving agents. They have no special force against flu.

Common misconceptions
A 'flu' can not prevent you aware of flu symptoms. There are many other viruses that give the same complaints.

Vitamin C is necessary to build resistance to disease, but a healthy diet already provides adequate. Extra intake is not useful and can not prevent that you get the flu. If you have flu symptoms, is a hot lemon or sinaasappelgrog be nice, but you will not quickly improve.

Dutch General Practitioners Society
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Avinash Ishwardat
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