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Flu

West Sacramento Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Aesthetics located in West Sacramento, CA

Chills? Fever? These are common signs of the flu. For rapid, effective treatment, count on Ziad A. Ali, MD, at West Sacramento Urgent Care for the right care to speed your recovery. The onsite lab provides testing to pinpoint your flu strain so you can feel better faster. Call the West Sacramento, California, office today or schedule a consultation online.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

The flu is a viral infection. The flu affects your respiratory tract, generally starting with the chills, followed by a fever and other symptoms. Flu symptoms often linger for weeks.

The flu affects millions of individuals every year. The flu can be life-threatening in some circumstances for young children and people with weakened immune systems. 

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms start between 1-4 days after you've been exposed to the flu. The first symptom is typically the chills. Other symptoms include: 

  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Watery or bloodshot eyes 

Nausea and vomiting are also common, particularly in children.

How can I prevent the flu?

An annual flu shot is the best prevention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the flu vaccine for everyone age 6 months and up. However, consult with your provider if you have a health condition that may prevent you from getting vaccinated.

Good hygiene habits, such as thoroughly washing your hands, can also help stop the spread of the flu. Also avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes, which can transfer flu germs.

How is the flu diagnosed?

Your provider at West Sacramento Urgent Care reviews your medical history and takes your vital signs. They examine you to assess your symptoms. They may recommend a swab test in the lab that's conveniently located onsite. The test takes a swab from your throat or nose.

How is the flu treated?

Your provider recommends treatment to help alleviate your symptoms and prevent the flu from getting worse. Generally they advise you to rest and drink plenty of fluids, but also may suggest:

  • Antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu or Relenza
  • Over-the-counter pain-relievers, such as Tylenol or Advil
  • Cough syrup

Taking antiviral drugs within 48 hours of your first flu symptoms may shorten the length of your illness and help prevent serious problems. 

If you think you have the flu, rapid diagnosis and treatment can help you feel better more quickly. Don’t delay. Call today or book a consultation online with West Sacramento Urgent Care.