Our expert says:
Influenza causes the flu. The flu is not the common cold. The flu can cause severe illness with a high temperature, body ache and a severe general feeling of malaise. Influenza/flu is a viral infection and can not be treated with antibiotics. There is no definate treatment for the flu, except bedrest, oral hydration and the use of medication to reduce pain and fever. Supplementation with zinc and high doses of Vitamin C can help the body to recover sooner.
In many cases, the flu can cause a secondary bacterial infection. This infection must be treated with antibiotics. I do suggest that you report back to your doctor within 48 hours and keep record of your heart rate and body temperature, as this can give an indication that you are recovering.
Please refrain from any exercise, as exercise can be very detramental to your heart, whilst suffering from the flu.
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