According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 20% of Americans are diagnosed with the flu each year.

Now, as we enter another flu season, our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson want you to know how you can prevent the flu, as well as how to treat the flu if you do fall ill this season.

How Can You Tell If It Is a Cold or the Flu?

Some of the symptoms of the cold and flu are very similar. However, the cold and flu are caused by two different viruses. Therefore, one cannot lead to another.

The symptoms of a cold virus seem to more mild compared to that of the flu virus. But you can take steps to prevent both colds and the flu.

Ways to Prevent the Flu

  • Get your flu shot before the flu season begins.
  • Eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  • Work out regularly.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.

How Can You Get Rid of the Flu?

If you do happen to get the flu this season, drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of rest the key to recovering from the flu as soon as possible.

However, there are some foods you can eat to also help you find relief and boost your immune system to help get over the flu sooner rather than later.

Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu

  • Ice pops
  • Vegetable juice
  • Chicken soup
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Hot tea
  • Banana
  • Toast

Do you think you might be coming down with the flu? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson can provide you with a prompt diagnosis and treatment plan.