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The Flu Season Survival Guide

October 5, 2022 By: Loura Chong-Reid

Introduction: What is the Flu?

The flu is known as a contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses are spread from person to person through droplets from the nose and mouth.

The flu is a respiratory infection, meaning it affects the lungs. It is not a cold, which usually affects the nose and throat. The flu can also be caused by other viruses like rhinovirus or coronavirus, but these are less common causes of the flu than influenza virus is.


The Flu Season Survival Guide

How Does The Flu Spread? The flu spreads through direct contact with an infected person's respiratory secretions and saliva, often through the air by coughing, sneezing, or talking. The virus can enter the lungs when it is coughed into the air and then inhaled by another person. It can also enter the body through broken skin on fingers or a toe that has touched someone who is sick.


What are the Symptoms of the Flu?

The symptoms of the flu are different from those of a cold. The symptoms of the flu can include fever, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat and cough. The symptoms of a cold are typically milder and include runny nose, sneezing and congestion. We should not confuse the two because they require very different treatments.


How to Prevent Re-infection with a Cold or Influenza

The best way to avoid getting sick again is by staying at home and avoiding contact with people. Other than that, you should drink lots of fluids and have plenty of rest. You might also want to take some medications like decongestants or cough suppressants.


Allergies & Seasonal Allergies - Separate or Related?

Allergies are a hypersensitivity to substances that are usually harmless. Allergies can be caused by environmental factors, such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Allergies can also be caused by food allergies, such as gluten and dairy products. It is not always clear if the allergy symptoms are related to seasonal allergies or respiratory infections. If you have symptoms of both seasonal allergies and respiratory infections, then it is likely that they are related to one another.

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