One of the most common illnesses affecting people throughout the fall and winter is the influenza virus, a highly contagious disease that affects over 3 million patients each year especially as the seasons change. The flu has many potential symptoms, some of which can be mistaken for other minor illnesses. Knowing the symptoms of the flu and when to visit a medical professional for treatment is critical to making sure you are taking care of yourself and preventing potential complications.
How can I tell if I have the flu?
Symptoms of the flu may vary case by case, but if you have one or multiple symptoms for more than three days, you should visit urgent care for assessment and treatment. Symptoms may include:
- Fever (a high fever in adults is considered 102 F)
- Headache and full body ache
- Chills and sweats
- Stuffed and/or runny nose
- Signs of dehydration
When should I visit urgent care with the flu?
When you initially develop flu-like symptoms, roughly one to four days after exposure to the virus, you should avoid going out for the first 24 hours. This will give your fever time to break and give you time to replenish fluids, including water, sports drinks, fruit juices and soups. If you begin to exhibit a headache or body aches, adults are able to take over-the-counter ibuprofen or aspirin for some relief. Children under the age of 18 should not be given aspirin. A condition called Reye’s Syndrome can develop, which can cause liver and brain damage. If your fever does not break, you should visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange within three days for treatment. Other symptoms requiring treatment include:
- No signs of improvement
- You are developing symptoms of dehydration
- You have persistent diarrhea or can’t stop vomiting
High-risk patients, who can be more vulnerable to complications, should visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange immediately. High-risk patients include senior citizens, young children, pregnant women, patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma or patients with compromised or weakened immune systems.
Flu Shots & Flu Treatment in West Orange, NJ
If you are interested in getting a flu shot to prevent catching the virus or have developed symptoms of the flu, visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange today! Our walk-in urgent care is open seven days a week, no appointments needed. Most major insurance plans are accepted, with low-cost treatment available for self-pay patients. For questions, please call 973-669-5900.