Okay, you’ve had the flu or perhaps a severe cold. When you thought you were finally recovering—actually feeling fantastic—the symptoms returned. What’s going on? Are you having another relapse?

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That’s a typical path that many individuals take to acquire the flu. It isn’t the only way. Some people get them while they still have the virus. Regardless of which, thousands of people each year develop complications as a result of the flu, with over 200,000 ending up in hospitals. They’re what cause hundreds of deaths every year.

Bacteria is the usual cause of problems in cases, so it’s time to go to the doctor right away. Ah, but if you’ve read many of my articles, you already know where this is going. What if you can’t get to a doctor or clinic because of an emergency?

Here are some suggestions to help you get through it.

The first step is to avoid the problems. I’m sure you’re aware of this, but many people don’t follow this because one of the most basic preventatives is sleep. Your body is engaged in a battle against an illness that’s bad news. Don’t add any more stress by being Mr. or Ms. Macho and attempting to do physical or mental labor while you’re still feverish. Even after you’ve recovered, take it easy at first.

Also, make an effort to eat a healthful and balanced diet. “Feed a cold and starve a fever” is not good advice.

Flu Complications and What You Can Do

Let’s start with the ones that are most likely to cause you harm.

1. Pneumonia is the most frequent serious adverse event. It affects everyone, but those who are at greatest risk include infants under six months old; persons over the age of 65; smokers; and anyone with a chronic illness, including asthma or emphysema (asthma, emphysema).

Shortness of breath, chest discomfort or pain, a quick shaking chill followed minutes to hours later by sweating, or just being really, really ill are all symptoms.

What to Do: Taking the pneumonia vaccine is one of the most effective methods to reduce your chances of getting this illness. CDC recommendations on who should get vaccinated are listed below.

2. The flu’s secondary complications include chronic illness that the virus makes worse. The flu can have a detrimental impact on almost everyone. To defend oneself against the virus, your body must burn a significant amount of energy. Your heart rate rises, and you must pump more blood to meet the demand for oxygen. You must be sturdy enough and have effective breathing so that you may cough up those dark secretions effectively. To successfully combat the flu, your immune system must be in good working order. (It’s not ideal, for example, if you have diabetes or HIV or are taking any medicines or are over 40 years of age.)

If one of your organs—say, your heart or lungs—or your immune system is already operating at peak efficiency, a severe bout of the flu can put so much strain on it that it can’t keep up. And if an organ suffers catastrophe, it puts additional stress on the rest of the body. They may also fail.

What to Do: Make certain that you are in good health before and throughout the flu season. That implies eating properly, taking your medications as prescribed, and avoiding smoke. If the flu strikes, go to your doctor as soon as possible. Many people require more rest and attention, with close medication monitoring. And if your doctor suspects you may fall over the edge due to an illness or other problems, he or she will have a lower threshold for requesting that you be admitted to the hospital.

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