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Do I Have the Flu?

Do I Have the Flu?

When the fall season arrives, it seems the flu virus arrives, too.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Kingsbridge wants you to stay ahead of the game by recognizing the signs and symptoms of the flu so you can seek prompt medical care.

What Is the First Sign of the Flu?

No one wants to get the flu. However, sometimes no matter how hard we try, it happens. In most cases, the first sign of the flu is extreme fatigue.

Over time, you'll likely develop more symptoms that can vary in severity depending on your individual strain of the flu and overall health.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills
  • Weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Sweats

How Long Does the Flu Virus Last?

When you come down with the flu virus, it can seem like it lasts forever. But in reality, most cases of the flu resolve within a one- to two-week time period.

If you're diagnosed with the flu, you'll want to carefully follow your doctor's instructions to overcome the flu sooner rather than later.

Treatment of the Flu

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, primarily water and electrolyte-containing drinks.
  • Try nasal irrigation to clear your sinuses.
  • Take an antiviral medication if one is prescribed.
  • Use a warm compress to alleviate discomfort.

Has the flu virus arrived at your home? Be sure to stop by AFC Urgent Care Kingsbridgetoday for a medical examination and treatment plan.

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