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Flu in Adults Treatment
Treatments for flu (influenza) include home remedies such as resting in bed, avoiding physical exertion, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco use. Hydration is important and minor aches and pains can be relived with OTC medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve). Avoid spreading germs and the flu virus by washing the hands often and staying away from others who have the flu.
Medical treatment for the flu include medications (antiviral drugs) prescribed to decrease the severity and duration of the infection. Antibiotics also may be prescribed to treat secondary bacterial infections that may arise as a complication of the flu, but antibiotics themselves are not necessary for viral infections such as the flu.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/2/2015
Steven Fine, MD, PhD
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Influenza virus infection, one of the most common infectious diseases, is a highly contagious airborne disease that causes an acute febrile illness and results in variable degrees of systemic symptoms, ranging from mild fatigue to respiratory failure and death.