Cold & Flu Symptoms
Legacy ER & Urgent Care is N. Texas leading immediate care flu treatment facilities; find your location below.
HAVING SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU? At Legacy ER & Urgent Care, we provide effective treatment for the flu and make sure you recover as soon as possible. Our urgent care center is staffed with highly experienced physicians around the clock to identify, treat and reduce the severity of your flu symptoms. We also provide the flu vaccine to help prevent the infection. We serve multiple locations across Texas including Allen, Frisco, Coppell, McKinney and North Richland Hills.
Symptoms Of Flu
- Sore throat
- Dry and wheezy cough
- Nasal congestion
- Chest discomfort
- Muscle aches, particularly in back and legs
- Fever and chills
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, in some cases
What is Influenza? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection affecting the respiratory system. It can spread through the fluids produced during coughing and sneezing. Although the condition can be similar to common cold, flu is caused by a different group of viruses and can lead to symptoms that are usually severe, appear abruptly as well as last for a week or two. Left untreated, Influenza may lead to life threatening conditions such as Pneumonia and inflammation of the brain or heart. People who are at a higher risk of developing flu complications may include:
- Infants and young children, up to 5 years of age
- Adults above the age of 65 years
- People with low immunity
- Pregnant women
- People who are obese or have a BMI of 40 or more
- People with long term health conditions such as Diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease, Asthma etc.
Causes Of Influenza The flu virus can be transmitted through the droplets released in the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. One can either inhale the microorganisms directly or pick them up from objects like keyboard, telephone, door knobs etc. or by shaking hands with someone who has flu. The virus can spread a day before the symptoms appear in an individual and up to a week after getting infected.
Influenza viruses constantly keep on changing their surface structure, due to alternations in the RNA, making an individual susceptible to the infection throughout life. For instance, if you have had flu before, the body develops antibodies to fight against the viruses. However, as the virus changes, the body's immune system may no longer perceive it as a problem until the symptoms begin to appear.
Flu Treatment At Legacy ER & Urgent Care When you visit any of our urgent care centers in Frisco, Allen, Coppell, North Richland Hills or McKinney TX, our physicians will conduct a prompt diagnosis to determine whether you have flu. Treatment for flu may include taking a prescribed dosage of antiviral medications within 48 hours after the symptoms appear. This may help to reduce the severity of the condition and prevent any complications. Self-care measures may include drinking sufficient fluids to maintain normal urine output, taking rest until fever comes down, and avoiding exposure to dust, fumes as well as tobacco smoke. Seek emergency care if you experience symptoms such as chest pain, severe headache shortness of breath or start coughing up blood.
Annual flu vaccination is recommended to minimize the risk of getting infected with the influenza virus. People in the high risk group should specifically get immunized to prevent any serious complications.