Stay well this winter: flu and norovirus

I’m Dr Gareth Wallis and I’m a GP in Preston There are a lot of winter illnesses around
at the moment such as flu and norovirus but most of these don’t need hospital treatment. Symptoms of flu can include a sudden fever
with a temperature of 38C or above, muscle aches, joint pains, sore throat and general
tiredness. If you think you’ve got flu there are a few
things you can do at home, such as drinking plenty of fluids, taking ibuprofen or paracetamol
to bring your temperature down and help with the joint aches and keeping warm. If your symptoms don’t improve after seven
days it’s worth seeing your GP. Also, if you have a long term condition or you’re pregnant
it would be worth seeing your doctor. Norovirus is highly infectious. It can give
you symptoms such as feeling sick, projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. If you can, stay at home and make sure you
stay hydrated – you can use rehydration salts and take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you’ve
got aches and pains. If you need any advice, it’s worth calling
NHS 111 or your local GP practice. If you think you have flu or norovirus it’s
important to make sure you limit the spread. You can do this by staying at home and keeping
well as we just described but also covering your mouth if you cough and sneeze and washing
your hands appropriately.

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