Flu Season 2013

In and around the office many people have been directly experiencing the flu, or have friends and loved one who have come down with the seasonal virus. Many of our patients come in with more than just questions about their feet. Recently, questions about the flu have been a common topic of discussion between the patients and the physicians at Healthmark Foot and Ankle.

Here are a few important things to know about the flu:

  1. How long will i be contagious for?- If you do catch the virus and you are in overall good health, you will generally only be contagious for up to five days.

  2. Keeping your hands clean is essential- When washing your hands sing the alphabet song or the happy birthday song twice while you lather your hands with soap and a small amount of water. Having to stand ten more seconds in front of the sink really isn't that much longer.

  3. Use hand sanitizers IN MODERATION- Continuing the previous point of keeping you hands clean, when a sink is not available apply a dime-sized amount of hand sanitizer (no larger) in the palm of your hand. Try not to rely on hand sanitizers all the time since over-use can negatively affect the ability for your hands to create good bacteria used to fight off introduced germs.

  4. Children are big germ carriers- Children often seem to be microscopic sponges for picking up and transporting all sorts of germs. Since youngsters are such large targets of seasonal illnesses like the common cold and the flu, it is essential to keep their hands clean and their bodies healthy during seasonal outbreaks.

  5. Get the flu vaccine?- Although all healthcare workers are required to get the flu shot every season. We recommend doing it, getting the flu shot is entirely up to you. Many people opt out of getting this simple vaccine and they never get sick. Everybody reacts to illness differently. If you do get the flu shot, it is still possible to pick up the virus later on in the season. The flu vaccine will help lessen the symptoms and allow you to recover quicker. If you are interested in receiving the flu shot, they are very easy to find. Most pharmacies can administer the vaccine, as well as health clinics and hospitals.

Flu Symptoms:

  • Sudden dizziness and spinning

  • Blurred vision

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Delusion

  • Pressure in the chest, throat, and head

  • Fever

  • Aches and stiffness

Important final note- During the flu season the body is faced with lots of different germs and pathogens. People often confuse the flu with head colds, post-nasal drip, chest colds, and strep throat. The problem is that these ailments share many of the same symptoms, which makes the flu so dangerous. Be aware of any seasonal sickness that you come down with, and stay calm. Overreacting to the flu or a headcold is not good for fighting any bodily sickness. Fight the flu with optimism and proper medical attention, you'll be ok.



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