Worried that you have flu symptoms in Baytown, TX? At Altus Emergency Center, we’re here to help. We have clinical experience and diagnostic tools to diagnose patients with influenza. Influenza viruses are responsible for influenza or “flu.” These viruses undergo mutation every year. This is why we don’t develop lifelong immunity and can become reinfected.
Flu cases can range from mild to severe. Most patients will recover within ten days. Others can develop complications like encephalitis, pneumonia, myositis, and myocarditis. At Altus Emergency Center in Baytown, TX, we’re here to make sure you have a smooth and swift recovery that’s free from any complications.
Flu diagnosis is usually based on clinical findings. If you have a fever, cough, body aches, a headache, and you’re feeling fatigued, you most likely have flu. Influenza can also have a runny or stuffy nose. Patients often confuse having influenza with having a cold. The symptoms of a cold are milder and more localized. If you have a cold, your nose might feel stuffier, and your throat might be very sore, but overall, your body won’t hurt, and you won’t have generalized aches.
Tests are available that can help us diagnose flu. These tests, however, are rarely used. The diagnosis of flu is a clinical one, and we only rely on tests in certain cases.
Flu treatment is simple: get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. We can also prescribe some analgesics that will help with the fever and aches. Antiviral drugs are available against influenza, but we don’t prescribe them to all patients. Most people don’t need them and will recover by adhering to the simple measures mentioned earlier.
If you don’t want to get influenza, you can take your flu shot. Flu shots are available every year around the fall. There’s a new vaccine every year since the virus mutates. The vaccine is given as an intramuscular injection that only takes a second. We recommend that our patients receive the yearly flu vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones.