The flu or influenza may seem common, but it can still be a life-threatening illness if it is not treated properly. Let us help you diagnose and treat your flu as soon as you start displaying symptoms. We always have a board-certified physicians available at our emergency rooms 24/ hours a day. Our facility is equipped with top-of-the-line technology. Schedule an appointment at the emergency room or just walk in. We treat all emergencies and urgent care needs 24/7.
Influenza, or generally known as the flu, originates from a contagious virus that is picked up from fluids in the air or on surfaces, which are spread through the sneezing and coughing of others. This condition is far more than a simple cold, which on occasions could lead to serious complications, such as death. It is usually vulnerable individuals that are more likely to experience serious complications, including pneumonia. Some common symptoms include a sore throat, weakness, high fever, headaches, joint pains and coughing.
Regular Influenza Symptoms
Various flu symptoms exist that appear one to three days after you are infected by the contagious virus:
- Sore throat
- Severe fatigue
- Dehydration from diarrhea and/or vomiting
- High fever (102 degrees and more), increased sweating and frequent chills
- General joint and muscle pains, especially in the back and legs
- An initial dry cough that could turn into a serious cough at times (mucous is often coughed up)
Most Common Cause of Influenza
It is because of an extremely contagious flu virus that you start to feel many of the above symptoms. You are exposed to this virus when you are around infected people who cough and sneeze continuously. Fluids are spread through the air and when you encounter them, it is likely to infect you as well.
The same fluids end up on common surfaces that infect the people who are exposed to them as well. If you have a reduced immunity or an underlying medical condition and spend much time around infected individuals, you are likely to be infected too. If you are not immunized, you could easily spread the virus to others who encounter you regularly.
Certain people are more likely to be infected with the flu virus:
- Staff members in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
- Caregivers of homeless people
- Direct caregivers in public and private hospitals
- Individuals who care for an individual with a chronic illness or anyone who is aged 65 or older
- People working with children daily
- People involved in the pig or poultry industry
When to Seek Medical Attention:
When you show any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should visit our emergency center immediately. Specifically, come in as soon as possible if your symptoms include:
- Coughing up yellow or green mucous
- Severe headaches
- Difficulty breathing
If you are experiencing severe influenza symptoms, please the closest emergency room. SignatureCare Emergency Center has several locations with board certified physicians and we are open 24/7. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us.