The influenza virus is a major concern in Florida this winter, with multiple strains reported in the southern half of the state and complications including pneumonia and severe exhaustion resulting in the hospitalization of thousands. While Type A is generally more common in the early part of flu season, a spike in cases of Type B has been reported. Knowing when to seek medical attention is critical to quick treatment and preventing further complications from forming.
Symptoms of the Influenza Virus
The flu virus is constantly evolving, meaning no two cases are exactly the same. Similarly, not each case will have every symptom. Some signs to look out for include:
- Fever (a high fever is considered over 100 F)
- Stuffed and/or runny nose
- Full body aches
- Dehydration and loss of fluids
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting
If certain symptoms, such as a headache, persist after the rest of the symptoms dissipate, it is likely due to a different condition such as a migraine.
I’ve Developed Flu Symptoms, Now What?
The first 24 hours after flu-like symptoms begin are critical. Avoid leaving your home in order to not infect others and make sure to get plenty of rest. Rest is critical to allowing your body to heal and get your fever to break. Drink plenty of fluids including water, sports drinks, soups and juices to get the nutrients you need while replenishing fluids lost due to fever. Adults over the age of 18 can also take over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief from aches. However, children should not be given these supplements, which can develop Reye’s Syndrome and lead to brain and liver damage. Consult with your doctor about alternatives for children under the age of 18.
When It Is Time to Go to Urgent Care
If you have been experiencing symptoms for several days without getting better or a break in your fever, you should go to AFC Urgent Care Tampa for walk-in diagnosis and treatment. You should also visit urgent care for immediate treatment if:
- You are losing fluids and/or showing symptoms of becoming dehydrated
- You have persistent diarrhea or continuous vomiting
- You are considered a high-risk flu patient
High-risk flu patients include young children, senior citizens and nursing home residents, pregnant women, and patients with chronic ailments including cancer, HIV, asthma, and diabetes. If you are a high-risk patient, you should make sure you get your annual flu shot to protect yourself against the virus.
Flu Treatment in Citrus Park & Tampa, FL
If you begin to exhibit flu symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Tampa for same-day walk-in treatment. We will make sure you are getting the care you need to relieve your symptoms and can also provide late-season flu shots for those who waited or may require a second dosage. For questions, please call 813-960-1100.