Most people mistake a severe cold with the flu. Flu, or influenza, is a serious viral illness that can affect your whole respiratory system. While some of the symptoms are similar, like congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose, a flu virus also causes:
The flu can also increase your risk of developing more serious conditions such as pneumonia and bacterial infections because your immune system is weakened.
If you experience flu symptoms, rest at home and avoid contact with others, as the virus is contagious. Stay at home until you have gone 24 hours without a fever. Seek medical care if your symptoms are severe and you are worried about your condition. Also, get medical assistance if you are in a high-risk group such as the elderly, pregnant women, or if you have a serious and chronic medical condition.
If your child is showing symptoms of the flu, bring them into Bronx Urgent Care if they are:
For adults, signs that you should come into Bronx Urgent Care include:
In many cases, rest is the best medicine for fighting viruses. However, the doctors at Bronx Urgent Care can help with prescriptions for antiviral drugs. Since the flu is a virus, antibiotics, which fight bacterial infections, are not effective. Antiviral drugs can be taken as pills, liquids, or through an inhaler. Antiviral drugs must be prescribed by a doctor and will help your body’s immune system to fight off the virus.
Everyone should get a flu vaccine, but these immunizations are even more important for children, older people, and anyone who works with the public like:
The flu virus changes quickly, so it is important to get a flu vaccination at the beginning of every flu season. You can also prevent the spread of flu and protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and limiting your exposure to sick people. If that isn’t possible, you may want to consider wearing a face mask.
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