Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Greensburg, PA, Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donegal, PA

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Milad Shaker, MD, provides flu treatment and immunizations at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one has flu symptoms, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online.

Flu Q & A

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What is the flu?

Influenza — commonly referred to as the flu — is a viral infection that attacks your nose, throat, and lungs. Most of the time, the flu resolves on its own. In some cases, however, this disease can lead to serious, potentially deadly complications.

Certain groups are at higher risk of developing dangerous flu complications, including:

  • Children under age 5
  • Adults over age 65
  • Seniors who live in nursing homes
  • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
  • People with chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes
  • People who are extremely obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above

The best way to protect yourself and loved ones against the flu is to get annual vaccinations against the virus at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu shares many symptoms with the common cold. However, colds usually develop gradually, while the flu tends to strike suddenly. Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever over 100.4º
  • Chills and sweats
  • A headache
  • A sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Muscle aches
  • Dry, persistent cough

Another difference between a cold and the flu is that flu symptoms are typically much more severe, although both conditions make you feel bad.

What are the complications of the flu?

Most people recover from the flu without serious complications. However, high-risk groups — such as young children and seniors — may develop flu complications, such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma flare-ups

Pneumonia is an especially dangerous flu complication that may be life-threatening for older adults and people with chronic illnesses.

How do you diagnose and treat the flu?

Dr. Shaker begins with a thorough physical exam to check for signs of the flu. He may test for the flu virus with a swab sample from your nose or the back of your throat. Even if the test results are negative, Dr. Shaker may diagnose you with the flu based on your signs and symptoms.

Then, he recommends the best treatment for your particular condition. Typically, flu treatment involves bed rest and lots of fluids. In some cases, Dr. Shaker may prescribe antiviral medication.

For flu prevention and treatment, call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or book an appointment online.