The flu is a very common infectious disease that can happen at any time, but seasonal influenza is usually found in patients in the fall and winter. Cases of the flu can be mild to moderate to severe. Our experienced team of health care professionals at Coastal Urgent Care can evaluate your symptoms and determine which type of treatment can help you feel better, faster.
Symptoms Of The Flu
In most cases, the flu is not serious, and it’s possible to recover on your own if you drink plenty of fluids and get adequate rest However, there are certain signs that indicate you should seek urgent care for flu symptoms.
Common symptoms associated with the flu include:
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Body aches
Even if your flu symptoms are mild to moderate, it’s important to stay isolated from other people to keep from passing it on. The Centers for Disease Control recommends staying at home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides unless you are going out to see a doctor or visit urgent care.
Flu Treatment For High-Risk Groups
Children, people over 65, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems or conditions like heart disease, diabetes, HIV or cancer are at particularly high risk at developing serious complications associated with the flu. If you or a loved one is in a high-risk group, it’s a good idea to visit urgent care for flu treatment as soon as you notice symptoms.
When Should You Visit Urgent Care For The Flu?
If you feel like you’re not getting better or if you are unsure whether or not you have the flu, it’s best to see a doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition, especially if there’s an outbreak of flu in the area. At Coastal Urgent Care, our team is well-versed in identifying symptoms and providing top-notch medical care for all types of illnesses and injuries.
You should see a doctor if:
- Your flu symptoms have lasted for more than a week and don’t seem to be getting better
- Symptoms seem more severe than when you’ve had flu in the past
- You have a high or persistent fever
- You have persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- You’re unable to keep fluids down
- You notice signs of dehydration
- You are losing a lot of fluids and/or unable to keep fluids down
Dehydration is can be a serious complication of the flu that can impede your recovery and lead to other problems. A sign that you are dehydrated is if you are urinating less often or if your urine is dark in color.
Types Of Treatment For The Flu
Influenza is a virus, so antibiotics are not an appropriate treatment unless you have a secondary condition like a sinus infection. However, if you catch the flu early, you may be able to stop it in its tracks with antiviral medications like Tamiflu. Most flu medications are more effective when taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms, although they may prevent it from getting worse when taken later. These drugs may also reduce the risk of complications like dehydration, bronchitis and pneumonia. If antiviral medications aren’t appropriate for you, the best thing you can do to care for yourself is to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated with non-caffeinated beverages and take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Motrin for fever and discomfort.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot before the season begins in the fall. Walk-ins are welcome — you can stop by Coastal Urgent Care to receive a flu shot or flu-related treatment. The most effective ways to keep from spreading it to others are to cough or sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands often and clean surfaces of your home with antimicrobial cleaners. Isolate yourself from other family members, including children, the elderly and those who are particularly susceptible to the flu and associated complications.
Contact Us To Learn More
Our team offers prompt, professional urgent care for flu symptoms, the common cold and other types of acute illnesses and injuries. For your convenience, we welcome walk-ins with no appointment necessary. To learn more about the services we offer at Coastal Urgent Care, contact us at 732-201-2394.