Flu Specialist

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA -  - Internal Medicine

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA

Internal Medicine located in Channelview, TX

If you have the flu and want symptom relief or are interested in getting a flu shot, rely on the board-certified internal medicine specialist Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, in Channelview, Texas. He offers flu vaccines and treatments that ease unpleasant symptoms. Call Dr. Berberian’s office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Flu Q&A

What is the flu?

Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system (lungs, throat, and nose). Flu symptoms range from mild to severe, even life-threatening in some cases. Dr. Berberian offers vaccines and treatments to relieve your symptoms, speed up your recovery, and reduce your risk of serious flu-related complications.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Common flu symptoms, which usually come on suddenly, include:

  • Aching muscles
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Sweats
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Eye pain

You can also have diarrhea or vomiting with the flu, though these symptoms are more common among children than adults.

What complications can develop from the flu?

While most people recover from the flu without significant problems, sometimes the flu can take a dangerous turn. Complications that sometimes develop include pneumonia, asthma flare-ups, ear infections, bronchitis, heart problems, and respiratory distress.

Risk factors for severe cases of the flu include obesity, youth or old age, a weak immune system, and being pregnant. If you suffer from a chronic disease like high blood pressure or diabetes, that, too, increases your risk of developing a severe case of the flu.

How does the flu virus spread?

Flu spreads from person to person in various ways. You can contract the flu after touching shared surfaces, sharing personal items with an infected person, or being in close contact with someone ill — especially if they cough, sneeze, or breathe on you.

Ways to reduce your risk of getting the flu include washing your hands often, distancing yourself from other people who show flu symptoms, and, most importantly, getting a flu shot every year.

What are common flu treatments?

To find out if you have the flu, Dr. Berberian reviews your symptoms and medical history. He checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and could order a nasal or throat swab and chest X-rays.

Common flu treatments include getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids, taking over-the-counter medicines, and, when Dr. Berberian determines it’s necessary, taking prescription medications. If you develop flu complications, you could need oxygen therapy or even a stay in the hospital.

Call Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about flu vaccines and treatments.