Many Start the New Year Battling Flu and Sinus Issues


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Local healthcare providers say we're in the peak season for flu, January and February, and they say they've also seen an increase sinus-related visits.

The symptoms are similar, but they say sinus infections typically involve a headache, soar throat, cough and runny nose with a fever. The flu has some fo the same symptoms, but also can include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and a higher fever with more fatigue, and even some shakiness. Both can be treated when caught early.

"For the sinus infection, we'll treat you with antibiotic and steroids if you're a candidate. For the flu, if it's caught within the first 48 hours, even 72 sometimes, we can give you the Tamiflu, and also nausea medicine to help aleviate your symptoms," said All About You Urgent Clinic Nurse Practitioner Kyra Sharp.

Sharp says it's still not too later to get a flu shot, which protects you against some strains of flu, and says simple things like sleep, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding those who are sick will help protect you against both.


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