Flu Complications & Symptoms


Flu Complications & Symptoms

At RapidCare Emergency Room, we understand the severity of flu-related complications and the importance of timely treatment. Just like our commitment to handling Flu Symptoms, our expertise extends to addressing Flu Complications. Learn more about who is at risk, common symptoms, available treatments, and when it’s crucial to visit our 24/7 onsite emergency services.

Flu Complications & Symptoms

 Who is Most at Risk?

Certain individuals are more susceptible to the flu and its complications, including:

  • Adults over 65
  • Children under 5
  • Pregnant women
  • Women up to two weeks postpartum
  • Individuals with weakened immune systems
  • Those with chronic illnesses like Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Kidney Disease
  • People with obesity

Common Flu Symptoms

Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe, encompassing:

  • Headache
  • Severe body aches
  • Persistent tiredness and weakness
  • Extreme exhaustion in the initial days
  • Chest discomfort with or without a cough
  • Chills and sweats
  • Nausea and vomiting (more common in children)
  • Fever over 100.4
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, and sore throat

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 How is the Flu Diagnosed?

Our emergency physicians utilize various flu tests for accurate diagnosis:

  • Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs): Results in 10-15 minutes
  • Rapid Molecular Assays: More accurate, results in 15-20 minutes
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Tests: Highly accurate, performed in a full-service diagnostic laboratory

 Complications from the Flu

High-risk individuals may experience serious complications such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma flare-ups
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Heart problems
  • Dehydration
Flu Complications & Symptoms
Flu Complications & Symptoms

Complications Treatment Options

Complications vary in severity, and our physicians decide on the best course of treatment, which may include:

  • Antibiotics: For bacterial infections accompanying the flu
  • Nebulization: Recommended for asthma flare-ups or severe congestion
  • IV Fluids: To replenish fluids for dehydrated patients

When to Seek Medical Assistance

Visit us immediately if you experience:

  • Persistent Fever: Lasting 3 or more days
  • Extreme Pain While Swallowing: A possible sign of strep throat
  • Persistent Cough: Lasting more than two weeks or with thick mucus
  • Trouble Breathing or Chest Pains: Not typical flu symptoms; require urgent attention

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