Fake Flu Medicines
According to the FDA, no over the counter medications have been approved for preventing or curing the flu. But, there are some medications that can help relieve some of the symptoms, like fever and body aches. To avoid fraudulent products, watch for those that make the following claims:
- Makes flu less severe.
- Makes flu last for a shorter period of time.
- An alternative to the flu vaccine that is safe and effective.
- Keeps people from catching the flu.
- Treats the flu effectively.
- Supports the immune system to fight off the flu.
There are some medications that have been approved by the FDA for treatment of the flu, such as antivirals. Because seniors are in a high-risk group for flu, the doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication, which is different from an antibiotic. Antivirals are designed to make flu less severe and to shorten the amount of time a person is sick. In addition, they may prevent flu complications.
Antiviral medications work best when a person starts taking them within 48 hours of first getting sick. Therefore, when an older adult shows signs of the flu, it’s important to contact the doctor quickly. In some cases, the doctor might prescribe antivirals even if more than 2 days have passed, especially if there is another health condition that increases risk or if they are extremely sick.
Steps to Take at Home
If you’re looking for ways to help an aging relative with the flu to feel better sooner, WebMD says there are some things that can be done at home, such as:
- Fluids: Flu can lead to dehydration. Home care providers can offer seniors plenty to drink throughout the day.
- Make Soup: Although the benefits of chicken soup for flu may be purely anecdotal, soup is a comfort food that may feel good on a sore throat. Also, it’s another way to increase fluid intake. Home care providers can make whatever kind of soup the older adult prefers.
- Rest: Resting is perhaps one of the best ways to feel better. A home care provider can allow your family member to rest while they take care of household tasks.
In addition to helping with fluids, food, and rest, just having a home care provider present can be a comfort. Knowing that someone will be there if they need assistance to get to the bathroom, answer the phone, or do any number of other things can allow seniors to rest easy.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOMECARE IN CHARLOTTE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.