Getting your annual flu shot is one of the best ways to avoid getting the dreaded flu, but sometimes, exposing yourself to sick people can leave you feeling downright miserable. A runny nose and a consistent cough will lead you seeking medical care.
Here are some common flu-like symptoms to look out for include:
Fever: Fevers are common with colds, but when you have the flu, your temperature may rise to between 100ﹾF and 102ﹾF.
Body Aches: No, you’re not aging by the hour, but when you have the flu, your muscles and joints such as your head, back, and legs may be painful to move.
Chills and Sweats: If you feel like you constantly need to reach for a blanket, you might be experience the chills. Your body may also overhear, which can cause excessive sweating even though you haven’t been exercising or it’s not hot outside.
Dehydration: The same way you need to replenish your body with water after a great workout, the same applies when you’re sick. With your body losing fluids from sweating, you’ll probably feel dehydrated.
Fatigue: While getting a cold can make you feel less chipper, the flu will make you want to stay in bed all day.
Stomach Ache: Not all strands of the flu will give you a stomach bug, some strands may give you stomach trouble such as vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps, and can also cause loss of appetite.
What to Do If You Think You Have The Flu
If you think you have the flu, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Not sure if you have the flu or a simple cold, our Medical Director/Owner explains the differences.
When you’re experiencing these symptoms, the best thing you can do is to get plenty of bed-rest, and drink fluids such as water and tea.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms or at high-risk (infants, pregnant women, seniors, and those with chronic health conditions), you should seek medical attention.
Flu Treatment in Fairfield, CT
At AFC Urgent Care Fairfield, we treat flu-like symptoms and other respiratory illnesses on a walk-in basis, so you’ll never need an appointment to be seen. We also provide seasonal flu shots, so you can be better equipped to tackle on the flu season without feeling miserable.