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When should you contact the doctor with flu?

When should you contact the doctor with flu?

Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if you: develop sudden chest pain. have difficulty breathing. start coughing up blood.

Can a doctor do anything for flu?

Yes. There are drugs your doctor may prescribe for treating the flu called “antivirals.” These drugs can make you better faster and may also prevent serious complications. See Treatment – Antiviral Drugs for more information.

What should you do if you have flu symptoms?

If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).

When to go to the ER for the flu?

If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice.

Do you have to be tested for flu?

Most people with flu symptoms are not tested because the test results usually do not change how you are treated. Your health care provider may diagnose you with flu based on your symptoms and their clinical judgment or they may choose to use an influenza diagnostic test.

How to tell if you have the flu or a cold?

Your respiratory illness might be the flu if you have fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and/or fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children. People may be sick with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Do you need to see a doctor if you have the flu?

Most people who have the flu (influenza) have a mild illness and don’t need to see a doctor. Common flu signs and symptoms include: Fever above 100 F (38 C), though not everyone with the flu has a fever

What to do if you have severe flu symptoms?

If you’re in one of these groups or you have evidence of severe influenza infection, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication — such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) — to reduce the severity and length of your symptoms. High-dose flu vaccines: How are they different from other flu vaccines?

When to go to the ER for a cold or flu?

Your cold or flu shouldn’t make you short of breath or cause your chest to hurt. If that’s happening to you, it could be a sign of a more serious problem, such as heart disease, asthma, or pneumonia. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

Your respiratory illness might be the flu if you have fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and/or fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children. People may be sick with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.