Broken Arrow Family Drug blog
Uh oh, the flu hit! Now what?
Ideally, you want to prevent becoming a victim of the flu at all, which can be accomplished by visiting our pharmacy for a flu shot. Flu shots are not unlimited, so you’ll want to call beforehand to make sure we still have shots in stock to administer.
If you do contract the flu, some of the first symptoms will be a fever (which is accompanied by chills and the infamous body aches), fatigue and possibly vomiting/diarrhea. Of course, the sooner you can come in to our store for the proper over-the-medications the better. We like to see that our people get treated within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. If at all possible, send a friend or family member to us and you STAY HOME.
Getting the flu is unfortunate to begin with, but in this post, we’d like to warn you about the real danger in getting the flu, which is in thinking that it will end there. When you are sick with the flu, the virus (and the body’s extra work to fight it) weakens the entire body’s immune system, making you more susceptible to getting other illnesses. This year’s flu has surprised many people. Once the flu symptoms have run their course, people have described experiencing a day or two of “feeling better,” and believing they were over the illness, only to then feel drastically worse, with the onset of new, different symptoms. The flu has weakened the body and something worse has set in: Pneumonia.
We’ve all heard of Pneumonia, but do you actually know what takes place, or why it’s so dangerous? Pneumonia is a serious infection that breeds in the lungs. The air sacs in your lungs fill with pus from the infection, which blocks your oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. The lack of oxygen into your bloodstream can lead to death.
There are many (over 30) different causes of Pneumonia. The most common cause of contagious pneumonia is the “Pneumococcus Bacterium.” Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, chills, loss of appetite and malaise, which doesn’t sound much different than the flu. However, keep in mind that when the Pneumonia is setting in, you will begin to feel these symptoms again, and possibly worse. The other tell-tale symptoms of Pneumonia are wheezing, coughing, rapid breathing or a sensation of difficulty getting air, and chest pains. You will likely be extremely weak and fatigued easily.
The silver lining in this case is that this form of Pneumonia, which has taken advantage of your weak system and allowed bacteria to infiltrate your lungs, can be treated. If it is indeed bacterial in nature, your doctor will give you an antibiotic, which of course we’d like you to fill here so that we can take the best care of you.
If you are experiencing a new set of symptoms, or a worsening of your symptoms, it’s important that you call your doctor and get treated as soon as possible. Often times our strong, healthy bodies can beat a flu, or a common cold, but when something worse sets in, on top of our sickness, we need the help, and it makes sense to get it as soon as possible.
Flu typically peaks in February and March. If you haven’t received a flu shot, give us a call today so that we can help you get the best protection for the flu season and keep you Flu and Pneumonia FREE!