Treating the Flu at Exceptional Emergency Center
Do you suspect you have the flu? Recent studies have found that up to 20% of the United States population gets the flu each year. While the flu is never fun, this condition has the potential to worsen and can even become dangerous. When you’re struggling with major flu symptoms, you need a healthcare provider you can count on. For residents throughout Texas, Exceptional Emergency Center is that provider. We specialize in emergency services and providing treatment to those with severe flu symptoms. Our team is friendly and compassionate toward patients of all ages, and you’ll have peace of mind you or your loved one is getting the care they deserve. Learn more about treating the flu here or reach out to our staff.
How Long Does Flu Last and What Are Its Symptoms?
Are you familiar with all the symptoms of the flu? You can probably list off the common ailments that come with the flu, but some of our patients aren’t aware of all the warning signs of associated with the flu. Every patient has a unique set of symptoms, some milder than others, but most people can expect the flu to last three to five days. In general, you will exhibit the following signs of flu:
- Coughing and sore throat
- Runny nose
- Aches throughout the body
Typical Treatment Methods for the Flu
Because flu symptoms vary from person to person, so does flu treatment. The team at Exceptional Emergency Center will decide on a course of action based on your symptoms of flu and what type of flu you’re suffering from. Some patients have a bad case of the stomach flu, while others are simply struggling with the common cold. Typically, we prescribe antiviral medications to reduce how long the flu is contagious. These aren’t a cure for your flu symptoms, but they can shorten the time you’re sick. We may also recommend medicines to curtail runny nose and reduce fever. After we’ve prescribed the appropriate medications, the best way to get over influenza is to rest and get plenty of fluids.
Why Should I Get Flu Treatment Right Away?
It’s tempting to put off flu treatment. Oftentimes, the symptoms of flu aren’t severe, and you can go about your daily activities. However, the flu can quickly become more serious, making your normal routine a challenge. It’s in your best interest to seek treatment from Exceptional Emergency Center right away. If left untreated, the flu can give way to pneumonia and other muscle and nervous system complications. Unfortunately, pneumonia can become severe and even cause death. If you notice your flu symptoms worsening as time goes on, don’t hesitate to contact our team for help.
Everyday Tips for Flu Prevention
Your best bet when it comes to the flu is to get serious about prevention. There are plenty of everyday habits you can develop that will reduce your risk of contracting the flu. Always wash your hands after eating or using the bathroom. When you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, be sure to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve. If possible, limit contact with people who are dealing with the flu or other contagious illnesses.
Don’t Forget to Get Vaccinated for this Flu Season!
However, these methods certainly don’t eliminate your risk of flu. The best way to avoid this illness is to get your flu shot every year. Not only does this vaccine keep you healthy during flu season, but it also means you won’t get the people around you sick. We recommend annual flu shots for everyone ages six months and older. This vaccine is completely safe and continuously monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nevertheless, you should be aware of the flu shot side effects. Some patients report achiness in their bodies, soreness at the site of the vaccination, or a low fever. However, these side effects don’t last long and are certainly less intrusive than a full-blown case of the flu!