The flu season is starting to come into full swing as the weather changes and the virus begins to spread more rapidly in local communities. As more and more people stay close together indoors during gatherings, work, and school the flu has a greater chance of spreading from person to person.
As mentioned in our previous blog, the best way to protect against the flu virus is with an updated flu vaccine known as a “flu shot.” Without a flu shot, your chances of getting the flu increase significantly and could lead to a variety of uncomfortable, or even painful, symptoms.
If you can diagnose the flu early, then it can help with flu treatment and ensuring that you have the fastest possible recovery from any flu-related diseases. But what are some of the major signs and symptoms that you have the flu?
A fever is usually a strong indicator that you have a case of the flu
A higher-than-normal fever after a few days usually means you’re coming down with a case of the flu. Usually, a fever is the very first sign that you are infected with the flu virus.
Unlike other diseases, the flu usually leads to early onset symptoms after just a day or two, sometimes up to three. In those first two days, a fever is the best indicator of the flu. Record the severity of a strong headache or a potential fever for a day or two and then see a nearby medical provider, like an urgent care center, to coordinate treatment.
The most common symptoms include sneezing, coughing, congestion, and sore throat among others
When the flu has fully spread throughout your body, then you’ll begin to notice some traditional symptoms of the flu such as sneezing, coughing, congestions, sore throat, and general respiratory irritation.
During this time, breathing becomes harder and your body is fatigued as it fights of the influenza virus. Usually, patients will need extended rest or days off in order for their body to completely fight off the flu virus.
Sometimes, the flu can lead to hospitalizations
Many patients may not fully realize that the flu can especially impact the health and safety of vulnerable individuals, which leads to hospitalizations. Patients that have trouble breathing, asthma, respiratory issues, or auto-immune deficiencies may have more serve symptoms that require intensive hospital care.
To avoid the flu, simply visit AFC Urgent Care Allen to get your flu shot and receive seasonal flu treatment for any potential flu-related illnesses!