Flu season is just around the corner, but some of you may have already caught the bug! Surely you know that you should drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest in order to combat the flu virus, but sometimes the flu doesn’t always go away so easily. While the flu is often seen as an illness that doesn’t require medical attention, there can be cases where medical intervention is necessary. Keep reading to learn when to go to the ER with the flu.
Warning signs that the flu requires emergency care in Adults
The flu can be life-threatening if you experience symptoms such as the following:
Chest pain/ abdominal pain
Vomiting that won’t go away
Swelling present in the mouth or throat
Symptoms that get better but come back and worsen
Warning signs that the flu requires emergency care in Children
A child’s immune system is extremely susceptible to disease so it’s important to check for these symptoms in order to get your child medical care as soon as possible to avoid complications.
Skin is blue
Young children not drinking enough fluids
Infants not producing tears when crying
Babies have fewer wet diapers than usual
Fast breathing or difficulty breathing
High fever with a rash
Common flu symptoms
These symptoms can feel horrible when they occur but are signs that your body is fighting the flu and should subside within a couple of days. Don’t be alarmed if these symptoms show up:
Fever and chills
Seek help from your primary care doctor or urgent care if you find yourself sick during times the doctor’s office is closed.
How to avoid catching the flu
If you are not having a life or death emergency, do not go to an emergency room. If you are healthy, make it a point to avoid the emergency room due to the high chances for infection. You are more likely to catch the flu during this time of the year in heavily populated areas, especially in facilities where the gravely sick enter.
Make sure you wash your hands often and thoroughly, avoid direct contact with those that are sick with the flu. This can be especially hard with a family if you are the caretaker, but make sure that you disinfect everything you touch and you wash your hands after coming in contact with a sick family member.
Getting the flu shot is also highly recommended before becoming infected.