Cold & Flu Season

How to Avoid Colds and the Flu this Winter

The flu season is upon us again and many people in Las Vegas suffer from congestion, itchy or sore throats or even come down with the flu during the winter months. If you’re suffering from any of these illnesses this year, consult Dr. Dipti Shah, the best internist in Las Vegas. She will provide the appropriate treatment to ensure you completely recover from the malady.

 

Preventive Measures You Can Take

While we at Radar Medical offer world class medical care to our patients, our focus is also on prevention of illnesses. With this in view, here is some information that will help you avoid colds and the flu this winter.

Avoiding everyone who sneezes or coughs isn’t practical and wearing gloves and a mask to work isn’t really an option. It just isn’t possible to avoid touching doorknobs barehanded or shaking someone’s hand. While it might not be possible to avoid germ contamination entirely, you can fight back in some ways:

 

  1. Wash Your Hands As Often As Possible

Wash your hands after touching doorknobs, other contaminated surfaces or someone’s hands. This is a good way to flush germs away before they start to affect you. If washing your hands often isn’t an option, use a hand sanitizer; it will help reduce the germs present on your hands. Avoid touching your nose or eyes with non-sanitized hands. These are the easiest ways for germs to find entry into your body.

  1. Get Sufficient Sleep

Your body becomes fatigued when you don’t get sufficient rest. This means it doesn’t have the capacity to fight back against the germs, as it should. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night, as it will help your body build its natural defenses against germs.

  1. Get your Flu Shots

The best internal medicine specialist in Las Vegas recommends that you get your flu shot a couple of months before winter as that strengthens and boosts your immune system well before the flu season. However, if you haven’t gotten your flu shot already, you might still want to get it now as a preventive measure.

  1. Focus On Building Up Your Strength

Maintain a healthy diet and include plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits in your meals. These vitamin-packed foods bolster immunity that helps your body fight the flu virus and germs. Exercising regularly also boosts your immunity system, improves blood circulation and your overall health. Discontinue bad habits such as smoking as it affects your immune system and ups your risk of developing lung diseases. Keep yourself properly hydrated during wintertime; it helps your body fight viruses.

  1. Where Possible, Avoid Sick People

Although it might not always be easy to stay away from individuals showing flu and cold symptoms, stay away from the ones you can. This includes not visiting homes where someone is sick. It’s also a good idea to avoid crowded places like shopping centers and malls and do your shopping online instead. Being in these places increases your chances of being exposed to the flu virus and cold germs.

It’s important to stay strong and make every effort to give your body what it requires to fight these wintertime maladies effectively. If your internal medicine expert in Las Vegas feels that supplements like Vitamin C etc. will be beneficial for you, she might recommend that you take them during this season.

 

Common Cold Vs. The Flu

Common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses spread by viruses and they have very similar symptoms. We at Radar Medical have seen that many patients find it difficult to distinguish between the two. In general, the flu is more severe and when left untreated, can lead to serious health complications like pneumonia. Both, a cold and the flu can cause a fever, however, its more common with influenza. Still not everyone with the flu will develop a fever.

Dr. Dipti Shah, the reputed internist in Las Vegas feels that recovering from these sicknesses is a lot about getting them treated in a timely manner. This is why it is important to be aware of the symptoms of the flu.

 

Flu Symptoms

Depending on the strain of the flu virus, certain symptoms may be less or more severe. The ones to look out for include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

 

Flu Complications

Flu can cause a number of different complications such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Myocarditis (heart inflammation)
  • Encephalitis (a brain infection)
  • Myositis (muscle inflammation)

Those with asthma and/or diabetes, and congestive heart failure are at high risk for various flu-related complications. Some of the warning signs of these complications include:

  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe vomiting

 

Common Cold Vs. Seasonal Allergies

Dr. Dipti Shah at Radar Medical has also seen that many of her patients confuse the common cold with various seasonal allergens. This is because the latter are quite common in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. However, there is a distinct difference between the two.

If your throat feels very sore during high-pollen seasons and you’re experiencing sneezing at the same time, then seasonal allergies might be the culprit. If you’re suffering from a seasonal allergy, here are some winter health tips to keep them at bay:

  • Avoid the outdoors
  • Take your allergy medication every day
  • Get sufficient vitamin C

 

Best Internal Medicine Center Las Vegas

As a Las Vegas internist, Dr. Shah also treats allergies and its best to consult her and get the right treatment. If you are unsure about whether you’re suffering from an allergy, common cold or the flu, schedule an appointment at Radar Medical immediately. In addition to these health issues, Dr. Shah also treats and helps manage common adult conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia
  • Blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

If you want to know more about our internist in Las Vegas, NV services, don’t hesitate to call Radar Medical at 702 644 0500 or get in touch through our contact us form.

 

 

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My visit today 12 13 2017 what's the most awesome experience that I ever had in my whole entire life in regards to medical attention the staff was absolutely professional... From the time I walked in the door to the time I exited it was an awesome experience. Shout out to the doctor. True professional easy to talk 2.very great listener. I truly overwhelmed with joy.

Trent D

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2018-06-28T17:44:45+00:00

Trent D

My visit today 12 13 2017 what's the most awesome experience that I ever had in my whole entire life in regards to medical attention the staff was absolutely professional... From the time I walked in the door to the time I exited it was an awesome experience. Shout out to the doctor. True professional easy to talk 2.very great listener. I truly overwhelmed with joy.
This is the second app't with Dr. Shah and going in I knew there would be a wait. Why? His Thoroughness. Everything explained, every question answered, time limit off the exam, NONE (that's why the wait)...

Charles

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2018-07-06T17:21:01+00:00

Charles

This is the second app't with Dr. Shah and going in I knew there would be a wait. Why? His Thoroughness. Everything explained, every question answered, time limit off the exam, NONE (that's why the wait)...
Russell Shah saved my life would recommend him to anybody. Best neurologist in Las Vegas. A great expert on the human spine and head injuries. Extremely helpful and extremely knowledgeable. After severely injuring myself dr. Shaw was able to get my Healthcare on track. The first couple of doctors I saw didn't run the proper tests. Dr. Shah was able to properly diagnose me and run MRIS. He is great at his job and great with his patients. The staff there is courteous and pleasant

Jason

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2018-07-06T17:21:31+00:00

Jason

Russell Shah saved my life would recommend him to anybody. Best neurologist in Las Vegas. A great expert on the human spine and head injuries. Extremely helpful and extremely knowledgeable. After severely injuring myself dr. Shaw was able to get my Healthcare on track. The first couple of doctors I saw didn't run the proper tests. Dr. Shah was able to properly diagnose me and run MRIS. He is great at his job and great with his patients. The staff there is courteous and pleasant
Very nice and staff very friendly. Dr. Shah was very helpful and pleasant after my car accident.

Trace  R.

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2018-07-06T17:22:10+00:00

Trace  R.

Very nice and staff very friendly. Dr. Shah was very helpful and pleasant after my car accident.
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