The rainy season does not only bring with it the dark, dreary days–they can cast a cloud on your health. During this time of the year, people tend to get struck down with the flu and flu pain, or what is popularly referred to as trangkaso.
What is the flu (influenza)?
The flu (influenza) is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of influenza viruses. Influenza is contagious and can be easily passed from one person to another. Flu viruses typically spread via droplets of respiratory fluids sent through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
According to the Department of Health, flu (Influenza) is one of 4 common diseases during the rainy season. High humidity and continuous rain provide the perfect conditions for bacteria to thrive.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Commonly and mistakenly attributed to a hard day at work or a new workout routine, body aches from flu are sometimes accompanied by chills and is shortly followed by fever.
Flu symptoms often start quickly; around 1 to 7 days after you come in contact with the virus. Common symptoms of the flu include:
- Body aches and chills (flu pain)
- Sudden or excessive fatigue
- Persistent cough
- Chest discomfort
- Sore throat
- High fever (38°C to 41°C) that lasts 3 to 4 days
- Sneezing and stuffy nose
For most people, the flu can last for for a week or longer.
How to treat the flu and flu pain
One may get an annual flu vaccine, which boosts the development of antibodies to prevent the virus from spreading. Doctors advise you to stay in, keep warm, drink plenty of water or juice, and get enough rest to help the immune system fight the infection. For the body pain and aches that accompany flu, a quick option for relief is to take an OTC pain medication.
ASC Ref. Codes: U050P101817A, U175P082517A, U172P082517A, U003P111717A, U008P111717A
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.