Symptoms of influenza, or the flu, are often confused with the common cold. Because men and women with compromised immune systems and chronic medical conditions are especially vulnerable to serious flu-related complications, it’s important to visit Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, PLLC when you have flu-like symptoms. Natalia Levinskaya, DO and Vanessa Ali-Pennock, DO treat adolescents and adults in the Plainview, New York area quickly to reduce symptom duration and severity. Call or click to schedule a flu shot or discuss your symptoms today.
Influenza is a contagious virus that attacks your respiratory system - your nose, lungs, and throat. Many people have mild symptoms that get better within one or two weeks.
For others, the flu is more serious. In certain children and adults, the flu leads to bronchitis, pneumonia, and other serious conditions requiring hospitalizations. Learning about common flu symptoms is important so you know when to see your doctor.
Flu symptoms include:
Because the flu can be very serious for children, seniors, pregnant women, and people with underlying health conditions, prevention is especially important. Even if you don’t fit any of these categories, the flu is highly contagious, and you can spread it to someone at risk.
Your annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent seasonal flu. Beyond that, there are several simple steps you can take to stop the spread of germs:
Some people recover from the flu with plenty of rest and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms. Others have more severe symptoms that need more attention.
Dr. Levinskaya, Dr. Ali-Pennock, and nurse practitioner Amy Waldman evaluate your symptoms and medical history before prescribing antiviral drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends urgent antiviral treatment for people with severe symptoms or those at risk for serious flu complications.
Antiviral drugs are available in pill, liquid, and powder form. They are not a substitute for the flu vaccine; they are more like a backup defense once you’re already sick. Studies show flu antiviral drugs work best when started within the first two days of sickness. They can mean the difference between a mild illness and a hospital stay.
If you suspect your symptoms may be more than just a common cold, schedule an appointment online or by calling Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, PLLC right away.