Getting the Flu with Hepatitis C
It’s that time of year and different strains of flu start going around. Many of us who are dealing with the effects of the hepatitis C virus may be offered the flu shot. There can be a higher risk of catching a bug as it goes around, but there is also a risk when you get the shot. You may get the flu whether you get the shot – or not. You can be proactive and take care preventative action before you get the flu. If you do get the bug, be prepared and know how to take care of yourself.
Avoiding the flu
Most of the viruses that causes the flu are airborne. So if you are in a public place and someone coughs or sneezes, it can blow the droplets of their flu bug right over to you. You inhale them into your mouth and nose where they sit on the back of your throat.
When your immune system is strong, you may fight it off. If you are having side effects from hepatitis C treatment, you may be at a higher risk of catching the flu. In that case, if you are already physically weak, stay away from closed areas such as movie theaters and small stores.
If someone you know has the flu, bow out of being around them. If It’s in your own household, you may tell them to barricade in their room. Break out the disinfectant and use a little bleach for cleaning common areas. If you have hepatic encephalopathy, ask a family member or friend to help you. Sometimes when we have brain fog, we are absent-minded and put ourselves at risk of the flu or other illnesses.
- Runny nose, sore throat, or cough
- Tired, weak, and fatigued
- Muscle and body aches and pain
- Hot sweats and chills at the same time
What happens if I get the flu?
Can the flu be dangerous?
The flu itself will last less than 2 weeks. The symptoms or side effects can last for a lot longer. It can be dangerous if you get a secondary infection like dehydration, or pneumonia. When you are living with a lot of mucous and are tired, it is easy to sleep a lot. Waking up with a head and lungs full of snot is not going to help you. Take something to keep you dried up until the major symptoms pass. Try to cough and deep breathe to prevent chest fluid build up or inflammation from bronchitis.
Flu shots can be controversial. Some people get it every single year. I used to get them for free when I was working. One year, I got the flu a few weeks after getting the shot and was sick for 2 weeks. I didn’t get one the last 2 years. I just stayed home and avoided being exposed. When it comes to the vaccination, everyone should talk it over with their medical provider. Most doctors will recommend the flu shot.
It is best if you can avoid getting the flu. The shot or other preventative measures can be helpful. If you do get the flu, take good care of you.
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