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When Is Having The Flu Technically An Emergency?

February 08, 2019

Let’s get one thing straight, the flu is always miserable—emergency or not. However, there are times when those symptoms you’re battling against should be getting better—typically between a few days and a few weeks—but instead, your sore throat, runny nose and body aches are only getting worse. But is it bad enough for you to see your doctor?

Even if you’re still on the fence about whether or not it’s truly time to seek expert medical help, there are simple ways to support your body’s efforts to fight off germs and heal—time to break out the humidifier, throat lozenges and pajamas. And while you’re at it, make sure to stay hydrated, embrace the need for extra sleep and be sure not to overuse medications.

However, if these tips—coupled with other tried-and-true methods—still aren’t making a dent in those draining symptoms, make sure to watch for these signs that your flu may be an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen
  • Fever of 100.4°F  (38.0°C) or higher, or fever that doesn't go down with medicine
  • Severe or Ongoing vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Symptoms that get better, but return and are worse than before

Expert Care, Exactly When You Need It

While the flu may not seem like a serious health threat, it can progress into infections that are. Illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia are nothing to sneeze at. Even if you don’t feel like your flu is an emergency, there are still convenient care options, like GMG Primary Care and ChoiceOne Urgent Care, available. In the event of an emergency, the skilled specialists of GMC’s Emergency Department are always standing by to provide care you can count on.

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