At some point in your life, you’ll most likely experience the flu and all of the flu symptoms that go with it. On top of the common flu symptoms you may experience, you can also experience emergency flu symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
We’re going to touch on what the flu is in this post, but the bulk of the article will go to the various flu symptoms because we want you to know exactly what you want to watch for if you believe you have it. We’ll also give you an easy way to see a doctor if you have the flu at the end of this post, so stick around!
The flu is short for Influenza. It’s a highly contagious respiratory sickness that can infect your throat, nose, and your lungs in more severe cases. You can experience very mild or very severe symptoms, and it can even lead to death in certain instances. Additionally, the very young, old, and immune system compromised individuals are more vulnerable to getting it and deteriorating more quickly than a healthy individual.
The flu spreads by tiny droplets that you release into the air when you sneeze or cough. The droplets can travel and land in other people’s noses or mouths, and it’ll start to spread throughout their respiratory system. You’re most contagious in the first 72 to 96 hours, and you can infect people for up to a week after you start to feel sick.
Additionally, the flu virus can live on the surfaces in your home for up to a week, and this makes it very easy to accidentally reinfect yourself or infect someone in your family. But, there are several common signs and symptoms that you can watch for that allow you to effectively treat it and prevent it from spreading to other people.
If you’ve never had the flu or been around someone who’s had the flu, it can be difficult to realize the common flu symptoms. Again, they can range in severity from very mild to severe, and you may not experience all of them. These common flu symptoms also tend to come on very quickly, usually in the span of 24 hours or less, and they can get severe very quickly as well.
Now that you know about the common flu symptoms that both adults and children can experience when they have the flu, we’ll talk about children-specific emergency flu symptoms. They usually result after a few days of the common flu symptoms. They include by are not limited to:
Adult emergency flu symptoms are typically easier to diagnose because an adult is more apt to tell you if something is wrong. Just like children’s flu symptoms, these emergency flu symptoms usually occur a few days after they experience the common flu symptoms. They include:
When you don’t feel good, and you’re experiencing a variety of flu symptoms, the last thing you want to do is go to the doctor. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the length of time that you’ve had them, you may not be able to get up and go to the doctor, and this is where Medek is unique.
We’re specially designed to help meet the needs of patients who are unable or struggle to get to a traditional doctor for an in-office visit. We have a team of qualified doctors on-hand that are ready to take virtual appointments straight from your phone.
Additionally, we make it extremely simple for our patients to see a provider. All you do is enter the symptoms you have into our app, and we’ll connect you with one of our providers. We’ll be able to discuss your symptoms and send the correct treatment prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
We offer prescriptions, urgent care, and consultations all in 30 minutes or less, and this is excellent for people who have the flu and just want to stay home, sleep, and feel better. Over 90% of all of the patients who use Medek have an improvement in their illnesses that doesn’t require a second visit! We’ll work to get you feeling better fast!
If you have flu symptoms that just aren’t getting any better and you’d like to talk to a certified and knowledgeable medical provider, get in touch. You can sign up, download the app, and be well on your way to feeling better quickly and easily all from the comfort of your own home! We’re just a few clicks away, and we’re waiting to hear from you.