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Flu (Influenza) Treatment

Supreme Care ER, is your trusted emergency room in Jersey Village, Texas, near Cypress. We understand the urgency of medical situations, especially when dealing with the flu (Influenza). Our dedicated team is here 24/7, including holidays, to provide fast and quality emergency care for you and your family.

 What is Influenza?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can range from mild to severe and can lead to hospitalization or, in severe cases, death.

Flu (Influenza) Treatment

 Common Causes

The flu is caused by influenza viruses, which are spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. It can also be contracted by touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching the face.

 Common Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath

Who is at Risk?

While anyone can get the flu, certain populations, such as the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and individuals with certain health conditions, are at a higher risk of developing severe complications.

How it Can be Prevented

The best prevention is getting an annual flu vaccine, practicing good hygiene, such as frequent handwashing, and avoiding close contact with sick individuals.

How is it Diagnosed?

Medical professionals can diagnose the flu through a physical examination, symptoms assessment, and sometimes laboratory tests.

 How it is Treated

Antiviral medications can be prescribed to lessen the severity and duration of flu symptoms. Rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms are also recommended.

 When to Go to the ER: Warning Signs & Symptoms

Visit Supreme Care ER promptly if you or a family member experience:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion or sudden dizziness
  • Severe vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 Complications if Treatment is Not Received Quickly

Without prompt treatment, flu complications can include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.