Treatment for Flu & Stomach Flu
What is the Flu and Stomach Flu?
The flu is a respiratory virus that affects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs in more severe cases that can be fatal. An annual flu vaccination is the best prevention method. 8% of the U.S. population catches the flu every flu season.
On the other hand, the stomach flu is an infection in your intestine. Most healthy people will recover without complications, but it can also be fatal.
Once you become sick with the flu, you usually begin to show symptoms in about 1 to 4 days, which is when you are most contagious. Healthy adults can infect people a day before showing symptoms and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and people with weakened immune systems can sometimes infect others for longer. Flu patients have:
- A fever or chills (though not all people will have a fever)
- A cough
- A sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (feel tired)
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
People with the stomach flu show mild to severe symptoms in about 1 to 3 days. In most cases, symptoms go away in about 1 to 2 days but can last up to 10 if it is more severe. Stomach flu patients have:
- Watery, non-bloody diarrhea—bloody diarrhea means another, more severe infection
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches and headache
- Low fever
The majority of experts believe that the flu and stomach flu are spread through droplets from people with the flu when they cough, sneeze, or talk. Sometimes these droplets can get in people’s noses and mouths and contaminate them with the virus. It is also possible, yet rare, for people to catch the flu or stomach flu if they touch an object or surface with the virus on it then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
The flu and stomach flu can cause complications, such as:
Even though most people recover from the flu and stomach flu in about 2 weeks, some people are at higher risk for complications. People at higher risk include:
- Anyone 65 years and older
- Anyone with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease
- Pregnant women
- Children under 5 years old
There are many ways that people can prevent the seasonal flu, including:
- Getting vaccinated
- Staying away from sick people
- Covering coughs and sneezing
- Washing hands often
- When traveling, use only bottled water for drinking, ice, and brushing your teeth
- Avoid raw foods like vegetables, peeled fruits, and salads
- Avoid undercooked fish and meat
Ultimately, the flu and stomach flu cause a variety of symptoms that most people recover from quickly if they do not develop complications. Since flu viruses are contagious, people must take precaution when the flu season comes around each year to prevent it from spreading by getting vaccinated, washing their hands, etc.
Benefits of IV Hydration for Flu & Stomach Flu
Though the flu and stomach flu cannot be fully treated with Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration, this treatment is ideal for the immediate relief and for the restoration of necessary fluids, electrolytes, and vitamins. Here is how:
Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration
|Saline Solution||Vida-Flo’s sterile saline solution replenishes the body by delivering vitamins and nutrients directly into your bloodstream, hydrating your body with 100% absorption and excreting anything your body doesn’t need.||No|
|Electrolytes||Electrolytes are vital in preventing dehydration and are the key to recovering from the flu or stomach flu.||No|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin C relieves and prevents flu symptoms and protects your digestive system.||Yes|
|Zinc||Zinc reduces the duration of the stomach flu, relieving patients of symptoms like diarrhea.||Yes|
|Zofran||Zofran prevents nausea and vomiting, allowing patients to keep fluids down.||Yes|
Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration Treatment immediately relieves patients of many flu and stomach flu symptoms as they begin or continue their road to recovery with additives like Zinc and Zofran that will reduce and prevent symptoms of the flu and stomach flu.
Start your journey to recovery with Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration Treatment today!