SEEKING CARE FOR THE FLU
People who have diminished immune systems, chronic inflammation, have had an organ or bone marrow transplant, are undergoing chemotherapy, or have HIV/AIDS need to seek medical treatment at the earliest signs of sickness. In healthy individuals, the cold or flu can often be treated at home with rest and hydration. However, you should seek medical treatment at University Urgent Care if you exhibit the following symptoms:
- Fever over 103º F, or a low-grade fever persisting for three or more days
- Sweating while also feeling cold
- Chest pain
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU?
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious viral respiratory illness. The illness can cause mild to severe symptoms. Severe influenza cases can result in hospitalization and even death. Although they are both respiratory illnesses caused by a virus, your symptoms are the easiest way to tell the difference between a common cold and the flu. The flu can easily be transferred from person to person when infected individuals spread tiny droplets of bodily fluid when they cough, sneeze, or talk. Infected individuals are contagious starting one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after.
Since the influenza virus can be life-threatening in severe cases, it’s essential to be seen and treated by a doctor if you suspect you have the flu. Our team of ER doctors and nurse practitioners are here to analyze your symptoms and diagnose your condition. Whether you need to be seen after regular doctor’s office hours or want quick, attentive treatment, you can stop by our urgent care facility seven days a week for medical care.
If you have the flu, you might experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Fever above 100°F
- Severe body aches in the muscles and joints
- Weakness or severe fatigue
- Dry, hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Warm, flushed skin
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea is most common in children
Flu symptoms come on suddenly. Active flu strains vary from year to year, but influenza A and B are the most common types.
Flu Treatment Options
The best way to handle the influenza virus is through preventative measures. The CDC recommends all individuals get a flu vaccine each year to reduce flu-related illness and the risk of serious complications. In addition to getting your flu shot annually, you can prevent the flu by:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Frequently washing your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Practice good health habits at home
- Keep frequently touched surfaces clean
- Get plenty of sleep
- Be physically active
- Manage stress
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Follow a healthy diet
If you contract the flu virus despite following these preventative measures, make an appointment with University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, Texas, or with your local healthcare provider.
GETTING WELL STARTS HERE
Cold and flu season returns in full force year after year, and unfortunately, most of us are all too familiar with their company. University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX has a highly skilled medical staff and an advanced facility equipped to diagnose and treat your illness in a time-efficient manner so that you can feel better, faster. If you are suffering from these symptoms and are desperate for relief, stop by University Urgent Care today. Our facility is open seven days a week, staffed with qualified individuals, and features private examination rooms to assist us in seeing you to recovery.