The flu can cause you to be laid up for days with symptoms like fever, fatigue, and persistent body aches. At Wesleyan Urgent Care in Owensboro, Kentucky, Sara Doolin-Thompson, DNP, and the team provide compassionate care to help you manage uncomfortable flu symptoms and get better quickly. Call the office if you’re experiencing flu symptoms, or use this website to book.
The flu causes symptoms similar to those of other conditions, such as a bad cold, COVID-19, and allergies. That’s why it’s a good idea to see Sara and the team at Wesleyan Urgent Care when you have symptoms to rule out other conditions.
Symptoms that suggest you have the flu include:
Usually, you know you have the flu (and not a cold) when you develop a fever. Getting a proper diagnosis can also rule out strep throat, which is treated readily with antibiotics. However, since the flu is a virus, antibiotics won’t help.
Sara and the team use flu testing to determine if you have the virus. They’ll swab your nose or throat and get results quickly. Because flu symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, you may also undergo a COVID-19 test and strep culture to rule out these illnesses.
The flu is a virus, so it has to run its course. However, certain steps and treatments can help you feel more comfortable as you recover.
Rest, hydration, and management of symptoms with over-the-counter medications are the best ways to help you recover from the flu.
If you catch the flu early, some antiviral drugs can reduce the severity of your symptoms and shorten the length of your infection. These drugs must be taken within a day or two of your initial infection. If you visit Sara and the team after several days of flu symptoms, these medications aren’t too helpful.
It’s important to get a yearly flu shot to protect you from the dominant strain of the season. Because the flu virus mutates every season, last year’s shot won’t protect you from this year’s strain.
Even if you come down with the flu, having been vaccinated reduces the severity of your infection.
If you have flu symptoms, visit Wesleyan Urgent Care right away to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Call today, or use this website to schedule an appointment.