• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: What to do if you have the flu

January 29, 2018

a close-up of a man looking sick with influenza or a cold, holding a tissue in one hand and a whole box in the otherTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Flu symptoms: Should I see my health care provider?
Flu season is here, and experts say this may be a particularly severe one. Across the country, people are coming down with the flu. Most people who have the flu have a mild illness they can manage at home with rest and self-care measures. Others must seek medical care. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert.

Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is vital to good vision. Some forms of glaucoma can harm your vision without any signs or symptoms. Risk factors include being older than 60; family history of the disease; and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia. Here's what you need to know.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Can omega-6 fatty acids cause heart disease? 
Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. When eaten in moderation and in place of the saturated fats found in meats and dairy products, omega-6 fatty acids can be good for your heart. Learn more from Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

Can antihistamines help me sleep?
Antihistamines can cause drowsiness, which might help you fall asleep for a few nights. But routine use of antihistamines for insomnia isn't recommended. Learn more from Dr. Eric Olson, a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist.

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Chickpea polenta with olives
Barbecue chicken pizza
Broccoli, garlic and rigatoni
Cracked wheat chili

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Snoring solution: Sleep on your side
Try sleeping on your side to prevent snoring. Lying on your back allows your tongue to fall backward into your throat, which narrows your airway and partially obstructs airflow. To stay off your back, sew a tennis ball to the back of your pajama top. Feeling the ball at night will remind you to roll over.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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