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Cupid Family Practice

Melissa J. Cupid, M.D.

Family Medicine located in Charlotte, NC

The flu virus affects up to 20% of the United States’ population every year, causing lost time from work and missed school days. Melissa J. Cupid, MD, at Cupid Family Practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers compassionate medical care to treat your flu symptoms and help you feel better faster. She also provides seasonal flu shots to prevent illness during the flu season. Schedule an appointment for a flu shot or flu treatment by calling the office or booking online.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

Influenza, or flu, is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system. The condition commonly causes symptoms in your nose, throat, and lungs and is the result of coming in contact with an infected person, by breathing in their germs or touching infected objects.

If you have the flu, you’re contagious from a day or two before your symptoms appear to up to ten days after your symptoms begin to show.

For some who get the flu, including young children, seniors, or those with chronic illness or weakened immune systems, the flu virus can cause life-threatening complications, including bronchitis, pneumonia, heart problems, and ear infections.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu causes symptoms similar to a common cold but can develop suddenly and worsen quickly. Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • A sore throat
  • Headaches
  • A dry cough
  • Nasal congestion
  • Weakness and fatigue

You may also feel a persistent ache in your muscles, especially in your arms, legs, and back.

If you have asthma, the flu can also trigger serious attacks that make it difficult to breathe.

What treatment options are available for the flu?

Because the flu infection is viral, the condition resolves on its own without treatment — most of the time. Even so, Dr. Cupid may treat individual symptoms to increase your comfort. She may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, nasal sprays, and flu remedies to prevent fever and make it easier to breathe.

Dr. Cupid encourages your or your loved one to drink plenty of healthy, low-sugar liquids, like warm water with lemon, while you’re sick to ensure you maintain proper hydration. To prevent spreading the infection, avoid going to work or being around other people.

To prevent the severity of flu symptoms. Dr. Cupid recommends and offers the seasonal flu shot. This vaccination protects you from select strains of the flu and their related health complications.

Dr. Cupid encourages children over the age of six months and women, men, and children with existing medical conditions receive the annual flu shot to prevent life-threatening health issues.

To learn more about flu vaccinations and treatment of flu symptoms, schedule an appointment online or call the office directly.