House Calls for the Flu

The flu is a contagious virus that can put you off your game for a week or more. Seeking treatment as soon as you start to notice symptoms of the flu can reduce your recovery time and get you back on the path to good health quickly.

What is the Flu?

The flu is a viral respiratory system infection that is transmitted through the air, such as sneezing, coughing, or speaking. The flu is a very common disease. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can even be deadly. Children, people with chronic health conditions, immune disorders, and the elderly are the most at-risk populations from the flu. A vaccine can generally prevent you from catching the flu.

Symptoms of the Flu

house calls for the fluThe onset of flu symptoms generally happens quickly, which can make it difficult to respond quickly depending on where you are when you start to notice you’re not feeling quite right. Some people may not experience flu symptoms while others experience a combination of symptoms.

The symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever: While not everyone who catches the flu will develop a fever, a fever is commonly associated with the flu.
  • Chills: Chills often appear with fevers, and are a sure sign that your body is fighting off an infection. Chills are the result of your immune response increasing your body’s resting temperature to fend off viral invaders. Chills are intense and continue no matter how high you’ve turned up the heat or how many blankets you’ve wrapped yourself in. Chills are sometimes accompanied by shaking, a normal body response to a lower-than-usual resting temperature.
  • Body aches: Body aches are a very common with the flu and are often one of the first symptoms you’ll feel. Body aches happen as your immune response system releases virus-fighting chemicals into your bloodstream.
  • Fatigue: The type of fatigue associated with the flu can make something as simple as getting up to use the restroom seem an almost-impossible task.
  • Sore throat: A sore throat can be a sign of several different conditions such as a cold, strep throat, or the flu. However, if your sore throat is accompanied by fever, chills, headaches, or body aches, then it’s more likely to be the flu. A dry cough often accompanies a sore throat caused by the flu.
  • Digestive system symptoms: In some people, early flu symptoms can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. A flu virus may be the culprit when digestive symptoms are combined with any of the symptoms described above.

The flu is highly contagious, so it’s important to take steps to protect those around you from getting sick as soon as you know you are sick. The flu is generally contagious one day before the onset of symptoms and up to a week after symptoms begin to show.

Self-care can not only improve your recovery time, you can help protect those around you from getting sick. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and sanitize anything you touch while you are contagious.

Causes of the Flu

The flu is caused by the influenza virus. This virus is transmitted through the air when you speak, cough, or sneeze. Getting a flu vaccine can reduce your risk of catching the flu.

When to See a Doctor for the Flu

house calls for the fluThe symptoms of the flu can range from mild to severe. In some cases, the flu can cause death. It’s important to call Concierge MD for the flu if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Your infant under 3 months old has a fever of 100.4º F or higher
  • You have a fever of 104º F or higher that does not reduce after two hours
  • Your fever goes away and then returns
  • You have shortness of breath, difficulty or pain while breathing, or other pain in your chest
  • You have a fever combined with confusion or difficulty waking
  • You cannot keep any food or liquid down (this can lead to dehydration and further complications)
  • You have difficulty swallowing
  • Your headache and cough won’t go away after 2 – 3 weeks

Most healthy individuals can fight off the flu with self-care and plenty of rest within 7 – 10 days of exposure to the virus.

House Calls for the Flu: The Concierge MD Difference

When you or someone in your family has the flu, the last thing you probably want to do is visit a clinic where you can be exposed to other illnesses. Concierge MD brings the appointment to your home, saving you the time and hassle of sitting in Los Angeles traffic as well as exposure to other illnesses in a clinic waiting room. House calls for the flu are ideal for families with young children, fostering a familiar and stress-free environment for their appointment.

In addition to on-call appointments on your time and schedule, our members enjoy the benefits of telemedicine appointment between appointments, enabling them to follow up with any questions about medications or treatments. This direct line to our qualified healthcare team will ensure that you can always make the best and most informed decisions about your health.

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