Summer Flu?

July 27, 2011

While the summer of 2011 may be remembered for a heat wave, many are reporting both symptoms of influenza as well as the more common summer ailment stomach flu. (Stomach flu is more common because the summer heat provides the perfect warmth for bacterial growth in food).

If you think you have flu symptoms, it’s the same procedure as during the winter…rest, drink lots of fluids, and see your health care provider if symptoms last more than two weeks. Since influenza is usually caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t be effective.

Summer Flu Symptoms:

Influenza (regular flu) is a respiratory infection–summer triggers may include allergies (which can cause inflammation leading to congestion, and then infection). Some people believe that air conditioning, or the dramatic change from hot outdoor whether to a cool indoors, may cause illness such as the flu.

There’s no study to support this, rather, doctors think that air conditioners may recirculate stale (pathogen filled) air that triggers allergies (this can be mitigated by changing filters and clearing dust out of air ducts before turning them on). If you are concerned about air conditioning, try a cardigan or light sweatshirt, or a fashionable scarf (your neck is a major source of heat loss; fortunately, scarfs are popular for both sexes right now).

The symptoms of flu are the same in the summer as they are in the winter. Chills, ache, fever, coughing, nausea, and a sore throat.

Stomach flu, on the other hand, can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Stomach flu symptoms include nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhea. For most people stomach flu passes in a couple of days, but it can last for up to two weeks. For tips on avoiding the stomach flu, Click Here.

Have you suffered through flu in the summer? What do you think triggered it?

{ 7 comments }

Emma Spera August 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hilary,

The best suggestion is to rest up! But if you’re looking for an immune booster, I’d try our MesoSilver (a safe, true colloidal silver that supplements the immune system): http://www.colloidsforlife.com/Colloidal-Silver

It could be the flu, or a cold, as both can happen in summer (although less commonly). Travelling can certainly take a toll on the immune system, and airports aren’t the most hygenic places to travel through.

If you’re working in an airconditioned office, be sure to keep your neck and head warm. (Better yet, stay home for a few days).

Of course, if symptoms get worse or if they last more than a few weeks, be sure to visit your healthcare provider!

Feel better!
-Emma

Emma Spera August 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Fred,

Most flus are caused by a virus, so if antibiotics made you feel better, it was probably lyme disease (which is caused by a bacteria). Of course, it could have been something *else* caused by bacteria, too, but the important thing is you’re feeling better!

-Emma

Hilary Palmer August 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I spent 3 days in Seattle and Bainbridge Island. Saturday night, I started with a sore throat. By the time I flew back to Dallas on Sunday morning, I felt like I was starting a cold. Monday afternoon (now) I have full-blown flu symptoms: aches, fatique, dizziness, fever plus cough, sore throat and sneezes. I’d swear it was the flu, but it seems early. Any suggestions?

fred schepartz August 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

Wednesday started with stomach ache. Felt fatigued. Added body aches and fever the next day, but was able to function and eat normally until 3 AM Saturday. Woke up feeling like I was burning up. Got a bad chill. Threw up, but felt better though still chilled. Spent Saturday either in bed or on the couch. Same Sunday until I went to the doctor where they kept me for two and a half hours, while they waited for lab results. Finally, they told me they think I have Lyme Disease even though they didn’t have test results and there was no evidence to suggest that I actually did, but apparently southcentral Wisconsin is an epidemic area for Lyme Disease, so they put me on an antibiotic. By Sunday even started feeling better. Fever gone by 10 PM Sunday. Twelve hours later, still gone. Feeling way better today though still a bit sore and a bit tired. While I can understand taking necessary precautions when dealing with Lyme Disease, I’m skeptical. BTW, no sore throat or nasal congestion. Does that necessarily mean it’s not some kind of flu?

KR August 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

Started last Sunday with a scratchy throat only…by Tues afternoon, fever of 101+. Fever broke but today still dealing with cough/congestion. TheraFlu usually works but not this time…Not fun!!

Lawrence Demme July 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm

51 year old male in south florida. Started to feel like I was getting sick on thursday morning. By mid afternoon I knew that I was in for a bout with a cold or flu! Started eating Zycam pills but by evening had fever and headache. Friday was a complete loss. Fought severe chills and body aches, headache and random shooting pains, and began developing chest congestion. Had no sneezing or head stuffiness though. I fought the devil friday night…had very severe chills with teeth chattering and shivering even though the temperature was in the upper nineties! Took Theraflu before bed and also had some chicken noodle soup. I had sever night sweats throughout the night…absolutely soaked my sheets but definitely began to feel a bit better. Never left the house on saturday and ate way too many generic acetaminophine tablets. (No Tylenol anywhere around here). The fever and chills kept trying to come back, but I kept eating the pills. I was afraid that I might overdose. Seriously. But that was the only thing that kept me feeling human. It is now Sunday afternoon and I am feeling marginally better, but still fighting off minor fever and general malaise. Coughing up white mucous and suffering from stomach pain from eating too many pills. Gotta work in the morning so I am hoping that I continue to improve. This seems like it will be a short illness of only a week or so. i think eating the Zycam pills helped reduce the duration, even though the severity was the worst!

Jon C Huffaker July 28, 2011 at 5:53 am

45 year old male living in the central U.S. Mostly indoors. Have had no signs of allergy problems, although I normally do. Third day of inflamed sinus, sore cough and now dark phlegm. Dust in the air vents does make sense. We don’t know anyone that is sick right now. Thanks for the info!

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