Influenza is very common.
Millions of people have to battle the flu each year in the United States, and those that had a flu shot are the ones who weather the storm better than anyone else.
Because the flu has similar symptoms as sinus infections and the common cold, it’s sometimes hard to determine whether or not it’s the flu you’re dealing with – and if you didn’t get a flu shot which pretty much rules out the flu, it can be a guessing game.
Add to this that colds, sinuses and the flu all have mucus and respiratory issues, it can get really confusing if you’re trying to tackle the problem alone.
Common Flu Symptoms
Let’s end the confusion here and now. Below is a list of flu symptoms to help determine if that is what you’re ailing from:
- Muscle aches & pains
- Cough (sometimes severe)
- Chest congestion
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
Typically, you’ll experience a combination of these symptoms with the flu, especially fever which is a very important factor to watch over the course of your sickness. You may have noticed that, as we said, many of these symptoms seem to overlap with sinus infections and colds, but even still, with those illnesses the symptoms aren’t usually as severe. The flu brings out the worst in symptoms.
Get Flu Help in Tampa
Self-medicating with OTC (over-the-counter) pills can help mask the symptoms for a time, but that doesn’t provide a lasting solution. The real answer is to seek professional medical treatment where prescription-strength medication and expertise come together for your benefit.
Of course the best course of action is to prevent the flu from the start by getting a flu shot. Preventive medicine is always the best answer if possible. However, if you’re already suffering with the flu virus, the doctors at Urgent Care of Florida are ready to get you on the road to recovery and back to health. Contact us today or schedule an appointment to come on in.