Sometimes all you need to recover from the flu are a few home remedies and an over the counter decongestant. However, then other times, you need more than fluids and a cold compress to get you through the virus. It can be hard to determine which course of action, seeking medical attention or not, is best for you and your family. There are a few warning signs that look different in children and adults that signal that it’s time to see a doctor. So, to keep you and your family safe and healthy this flu season, here are the symptoms you need to keep an eye out for.
The Warning Signs in Children
It can be easy to rush to the emergency room when you think your child is in pain but look for one or more of these warning signs before you do. If your child is experiencing rapid or difficulty breathing or pulling in the ribs on each breath, that is a sign they are going to need medical attention. A blueish hue on the lips or the face is another sign that you may need to visit the doctor. Often when children are experiencing severe muscle pain they will refuse to walk. At the first sign of this or any other symptoms of severe pain when dealing with the flu, it’s best to take your child to the doctor. A fever over 104 degrees or a fever of any temperature if your child is younger than 12 weeks old is a signal you should make an appointment. If your child has any preexisting or underlying medical conditions that start to worsen, you should seek the care of a doctor. Children with asthma and other breathing problems are at risk of experiencing more severe flu symptoms and should be monitored closely.
The Warning Signs in Adults
Flu symptoms can vary from patient to patient, and the signs that you should see a doctor look different in children and adults. Some warning signs in adults are constant pain, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath. Other signs include persistent or worsening fever or cough, continual muscle aches and pains, and dizziness or confusion. If you begin to show one or more of these symptoms seek help from a doctor. Adults over the age of 65 are at a higher risk regarding the flu and flu symptoms; As are those who have any underlying medical issues or a chronic illness. If you notice any preexisting conditions or chronic pain worsen while sick with the flu, seek medical attention.
Getting Your Yearly Flu Shot
It’s recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) that everyone receive a flu vaccination annually to prevent contracting and spreading the flu. If you missed getting your vaccination this year, it’s not too late! You can still get your yearly vaccination even well into the flu season if you haven’t already.
If you are interested in scheduling your flu vaccination, you can do so at BASS Urgent Care’s website or by calling us at (925) 329-3719. We also accept walk-ins between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00 pm.
At BASS Urgent Care, we are equipped to help you with all of your non-emergency needs including any flu or flu vaccination-related questions and concerns.