When to See a Doctor for the Flu
Cold & Flu
Dec 2, 2015
Most of the time, people suffering from the flu can get over the illness at home, getting plenty of rest and taking the necessary over-the-counter medicine. There are some instances, however, where symptoms can get so severe that a trip to the nearest Complete Care emergency medical facility will be needed. Here are some signs that you or a loved one suffering from the flu will need to see a doctor.
While the average, healthy person suffering from the flu will typically see significant improvement within about two weeks, some people develop serious complications and need medical help. For example, there are many types of people who are at an especially high risk of experiencing severe problems. Left unchecked, these symptoms could turn a common bout with influenza into something much worse, such as bronchitis, a sinus infection or even pneumonia. People who have certain medical conditions are also at risk for developing complications.
If you or a loved one falls into one of these categories and develops influenza, get medical help:
- Younger than 5 years of age (especially if the child is 2 years or younger)
- 65 years or older
- Younger than 19 and on long-term aspirin therapy
- Suffering from a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, or blood, liver or kidney disease
- Has a weakened immune system due to HIV or medications
People in these and other groups usually receive stronger antiviral medications, such as Relenza or Tamiflu. These drugs not only reduce the length of symptoms, but their severity as well.