July 25, 2016
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Influenza (cont.)

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What types of doctors treat the flu?

Individuals with mild flu symptoms may not require the care of a physician unless they are a member of a high-risk group as described above. For many individuals, treatment is provided by their primary-care physician (including internists or family medicine specialists) or pediatrician. Complicated or severe flu infections may require consultation with an emergency-medicine physician, critical-care specialist, infectious-disease specialist, and/or a lung specialist (pulmonologist).

What can people eat when they have the flu?

While a person has the flu, good nutrition can help the recovery process. Anyone with the flu needs to avoid dehydration, soothe sore throat and/or upset stomach, and have a good protein intake. Dehydration can be avoided by adequate fluid intake such as juices (orange, cranberry, grapefruit, tomato, grape, and others). Sore throat and upset stomach may be relieved by broths or warm soups (chicken, vegetable, or beef) and plain crackers, toast, and ginger tea or noncarbonated ginger ale. Scrambled eggs, yogurt, and/or protein drinks are good protein sources. In addition, bananas, rice, and applesauce are food that are often recommended for those with an upset stomach. This list is not exhaustive but should provide a balanced approach to help speed recovery from the flu.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/28/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/influenza/article.htm

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