What's Going Around: Influenza & Seasonal Affective Disorder

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

February 18, 2013

In this week’s What’s Going Around we’re focusing on the flu and seasonal depression.

Family nurse practitioner Shannon Burns of Blue Ridge Internal Medicine says influenza "A" and "B" are both going around. The symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough, body aches, headaches and malaise.

Burns says the best way to treat the flu is by drinking plenty of fluids, resting and taking Advil, Tylenol or Aleeve as needed to reduce your fever.

Burns says you should also call you doctor if you think you have the flu because within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, antiviral medications like Tamiful may help lessen the duration and severity of symptoms.

At Spring Creek Family Medicine, Dr. Michael Sty says seasonal affective disorder or "SAD" is going around. It usually happens during fall and winter months with shorter day light hours.

Symptoms include sadness, lack of energy and increased fatigue, appetite and weight gain, carbohydrate cravings and feeling agitated.

When it comes to treatment, Dr. Sty says you should see your doctor for an exam. They may prescribe anti-depressants and also suggest light therapy with a personal light box. A light box is a device that mimics the sun.

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