So far this year rates of flu virus have almost doubled from what they were during the same time last year.
Most people will recover from the flu, however young children and older adults may be seriously affected. Symptoms can include feeling shivery with fever 🤒, headache 🤕, muscle aches, sore throat, sneezing 🤧, tiredness and a dry cough. If you are concerned about these symptoms or they worsen it is important to seek medical advice immediately.
There are some easy steps to avoid getting the flu, from the flu vaccination, to covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, washing your hands regularly particularly after being in communal areas like the toilet, cleaning surfaces regularly at home and avoiding close contact with others when you’re not feeling well.
So with the school holidays about to kick off are you protected from the flu? 😷
Well you’re not alone. 20% of the Australian population suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis also known as hayfever.
A lot of patients will self medicate with over the counter medications but did you know only 85% of people make the right choice?
Symptoms can be managed effectively with either an antihistamine, nasal sprays, nasal rinses or a combination. Be sure to avoid any triggers such as pollen which in Queensland can be all year round but reaches its peak from January to March. For patients who have severe or prolonged symptoms more specialist treatment will be advised.
If you are affected with symptoms and need help with managing come by and see me in clinic.
Parts of the Gold Coast are covered in thick smoke due to a controlled hazard reduction burn. This is expected to last until Monday 23rd July.
It’s really important that if you suffer from any breathing problems to keep your windows and doors closed. If you have medication such as inhalers keep them close at hand and if you’re having difficulties breathing please seek medical advice or pop by and see me in clinic.
A recent Australian study has shown that GP’s are prescribing up to 9 times more antibiotics than recommended. A lot of cough or cold-like symptoms are caused by viruses which don’t respond to antibiotics.
If you are in any doubt whether you’re suffering from a viral or bacterial infection come and see me in clinic today to make sure you’re getting the right treatment.