The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection obtained through respiratory droplets. The disease often occurs during the winter season, and people suffer from symptoms like fever, body aches, fatigue, chills, and shakiness.
Fortunately, the body can eradicate the virus while you undergo symptomatic treatment. However, people with weaker immune systems (such as children and the elderly) often have a difficult time recovering and may need some extra care.
GuruMD offers urgent care for the flu/influenza as well as telehealth solutions. Here’s our guide to the flu.
What Is the Flu?
Influenza is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system, which is composed of the throat, nose, and lungs. It is commonly known as the flu, and it resolves on its own. However, people can develop severe complications from the virus, which leads to bacterial infection of the lungs in the form of pneumonia.
Since the virus mutates continuously over the years, it’s imperative to obtain annual vaccinations to fight off the new strains.
Symptoms of Flu
The common symptoms of the flu include:
- Aching muscles
- Chills and sweats
- Fevers of 100.4°F
- Dry, persistent cough
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
How Does GuruMD Treat the Flu?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care and walk-in appoints for patients with the flu, as well as the chance to talk to an online doctor if you prefer to stay at home. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of the flu, all you have to do is create an account to speak with a medical provider.
Our board-certified professionals will interview you and conduct a physical exam to assess your condition. They will look for secondary complications like bacterial infections, which will require antibiotic medication. Fortunately, the majority of influenza cases are viral infections that only require symptomatic treatment.
In some cases, your online or in-person doctor may recommend a PCR test or other lab work to confirm the diagnosis. The usual treatment would be to drink plenty of fluid and bed rest. If you obtain the viral infection less than 48 hours, then your online doctor may prescribe medications such as Tamiflu to reduce the symptoms and speed up the recovery time.
The doctor could prescribe additional medications such as cough suppressants, analgesics, mucolytics, or antihistamines to reduce the symptoms and to help the body recover faster.
Are you experiencing flu symptoms? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.