Flu

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Elite Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Aesthetics Specialists located in Modesto, CA

The seasonal flu is often unavoidable, no matter how hard you try to stay healthy and how often you wash your hands. If you start feeling a sore throat, get a stuffy nose, or develop a fever, head to Elite Urgent Care right away. Amrik S. Basi, MD, and the caring Modesto, California, medical team can help you get through the flu bug as quickly as possible. You’re welcome to walk into the clinic during business hours, or you can schedule a same-day visit online or over the phone.

Flu Q & A

How did I get the flu?

The flu is a viral infection that’s highly contagious. Once it enters your body, it rapidly starts attacking your respiratory system and making you feel under the weather. You can contract the flu virus by:

  • Breathing in air droplets after an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks
  • Touching a contaminated surface, then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose
  • Using the same straw or eating utensil as someone who’s infected

If you’re generally healthy and have a strong immune system, you might be able to fight off the viral invaders. In many cases though, that flu bug multiplies so fast, you start getting sick rather quickly.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The seasonal flu can lead to a wide variety of symptoms that can vary from mild to severe. If you’re coming down with the flu, you may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • A sore throat
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Widespread fatigue
  • Chest discomfort
  • Chills or night sweats
  • Fever that lasts 3-4 days

It’s common for the flu to be mistaken for the common cold. After all, many of the symptoms overlap. But flu-like symptoms tend to happen suddenly, while a cold often progresses gradually. Plus, a cold rarely leads to a fever. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to have an evaluation at Elite Urgent Care right away before your flu bug worsens.  

Is there a cure for the flu?

While no cure exists for the flu — you still need plenty of rest and lots of fluids — the dedicated medical team at Elite Urgent Care can provide treatments to lessen the severity of your symptoms. Beneficial flu treatments include:

  • Prescription cough syrup
  • Oral antiviral medications
  • Inhaled respiratory medications
  • Fever-reducing drugs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Without proper treatment, the flu can lead to a secondary illness, such as pneumonia, which can become very serious and possibly require hospitalization. The team at Elite Urgent Care monitor you closely to ensure you’re continuing to get better, so your flu bug doesn’t progress. You can also get seasonal preventive flu shots at the clinic every year.

Schedule your flu visit at Elite Urgent Care by clicking on the online booking feature or by calling the clinic directly. You can even walk in for immediate care during normal business hours.