Flu in Adults (cont.)
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What Is the Treatment for Flu in Adults?
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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 over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve). Avoid spreading germs and the flu virus by washing hands often or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Stay away from others until you are fever free for 24 hours. Cover sneezes or coughs with the inside of your elbow, or use a tissue and throw it away promptly.
Medical treatment for the flu include medications (antiviral drugs) prescribed to decrease the severity and duration of the infection. These drugs include the class known as neuraminidase inhibitors such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
To avoid resistance to antibiotics when they are truly needed, antibiotics are only prescribed when there is evidence of a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections such as the flu, and they do not prevent bacterial infections that may occur because of the flu.
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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.