It’s no secret that winter in the United States can be a very flu-like season.
But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid all of your holiday festivities or that you need your winter clothes to look like the ones at the Macy’s or Nordstroms department stores.
In fact, it’s a great time to go out and enjoy the season.
That’s because most of the flu symptoms associated with the season are mild and transient, and can be managed with the right treatment.
Here are six tips to help you avoid the seasonal flu and avoid a pandemic.1.
Get your flu shots before you go to bedIf you’re looking to take your flu shot before bed, here are some things to keep in mind.
Most people can be vaccinated against influenza with two shots every four weeks.
But there are some special circumstances, such as people with certain medical conditions or who are in the hospital or nursing home, and some people are allergic to certain vaccines.
The American College of Rheumatology recommends getting your shots at least two weeks before you start bedtime, so your immune system has time to react.2.
Get a mask before you leave the houseIf you want to wear a mask while outdoors in the winter, there are a few rules.
Most likely you will need a mask when you’re indoors because your body is not as sensitive to the flu.
However, masks are recommended for outdoor activities when temperatures are below 30 degrees F. So you may want to be sure to wear one while playing soccer, for example, or when working outside.
The CDC recommends using a mask only when you are wearing protective clothing, such a gloves, a hat, or a mask.3.
Wear sunscreenWhile you can use sunscreen to protect against the flu, many people don’t want to.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing sunscreen when you go outside to protect your skin from sunburn and the flu-causing virus.
However androgens can block sun exposure, so you should limit your exposure to these chemicals.4.
Get the proper medicinesIf you or a family member has had any of the following symptoms, see your doctor right away: fever, chills, cough, or sore throat; or, a rash or redness that spreads from the neck to the legs or feet.
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, you should get the following medications:imipramine (Tylenol, Motrin IB, Cialis, Emory, Abilify)fever reducer (Cortisone-A, Nuvigil, Celebrex, Atripla, Risperdal)narcotics such as oxycodone (Codeine)or other benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Valium(methadone, Adderall)imiprant (Nuvigil)methamphetamine (Molly)and other drugs(opioid, amphetamine, cocaine, methadone)If you do not have these medications, the CDC recommends taking the following medicines while you are taking your flu vaccine:fluoroquinolones such as fluoroquinone (FQQ)which are used to treat narcolepsy and sleep apnea, but may increase the risk of side effects such as confusion, anxiety, and aggression, and may also cause more serious side effects.fluoro-iodine (FIV)which is used to prevent or treat the flu virus, but can also cause flu-related side effectssuch as fever, headache, and diarrhea.fibronectin (Aldactone, Anafranil, Amitriptyline, Ativan)which can help regulate blood sugar levels, and which may help treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and fatigue.5.
Be extra careful around other peopleIf you are staying with someone with flu symptoms or they’ve had any symptoms, call your doctor.
If they are at a hospital or other medical facility, take the person you’re staying with to the hospital to get tested.
If there are any other health issues, such to the respiratory tract, skin, eyes, or nose, call a doctor to see if they need any tests or treatment.6.
Wear a maskIf you feel uncomfortable wearing a mask indoors or while working outside, wear one that fits snugly over your face, but you can wear one if it fits snug around your eyes.
If someone else in your family has flu symptoms, wear a cap that covers all of the nose and mouth with no holes, but leave one hole on the other side.
If someone has any other medical issues, you can take them to a doctor or hospital emergency room, where you can get tested and treated for flu.