Did you know that up to 20% of people living in the United States get the flu each year?

So the odds are that you or someone you know will be affected. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants to provide you with some insight about the symptoms of the flu, as well as how to overcome the illness.

Is the Flu Contagious?

Yes! Unfortunately, you can be contagious even before you know you have the flu. If you have the flu, you’re contagious from the day before your symptoms emerge up to five to seven days after you feel better.

That’s why it is important to know the symptoms of the flu and to seek medical care if you experience them.

Signs of the Flu

  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Aching muscles
  • Sweats
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

What Treatment Is Available for the Flu?

There’s no specific treatment that will “treat” the flu. However, there are antiviral medications that can help shorten the duration and intensity of your illness, if taken promptly after your symptoms emerge.

Along with prescribed medication, there are other steps you can take to get over the flu as quickly as possible.

Ways to Get Over the Flu

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Treat aches and pains with OTC medication.
  • Sit in a steamy bathroom to clear up congestion.
  • Run the humidifier.
  • Try to clearing nasal passages using a nasal irrigation system.

Do you think your symptoms might signal the flu? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway today for a medical evaluation.