Got the Chills? Feel a Bit Dizzy? Might Be the Flu.
Influenza, more commonly known as simply the flu, is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a respiratory illness that infects the lungs, throat and nose. The condition is contagious and can be either mild or severe in nature. This illness is nothing to take lightly. The most severe cases of influenza, especially in the very young or elderly, can lead to death.
Anywhere UrgentCare™ evaluates and treats influenza anywhere in Colorado Springs, Monument, or Black Forest.
We determine the severity of your condition and treat accordingly. A medical specialist will be recommended if your condition is severe enough. Simple at-home health care is often all you need.
Call us to schedule a time and place that’s convenient for you. Overall, we save you time and money.
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Please note that we do not currently offer flu shots.
More information about influenza …
VIDEO: Diagnosis and Treatment for Influenza in Colorado Springs
Eileen Flavin, FNP-C, is a board-certified nurse practitioner in Colorado Springs. Watch her video as she explains how Anywhere UrgentCare™ can help you if you have the flu:
What Are Symptoms of the Flu?
The following can be signs you have influenza:
- body and/or muscle aches
- fever or chills, although not every person will have a fever with the flu
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose
- diarrhea and vomiting, in some people
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When You Need Medical Help:
In mild cases, you likely don’t need any treatment for the flu. If you have a mild case, avoid contact with other people, rest and stay home. If you are within a high risk category, you should seek help if you begin experiencing symptoms of the flu.
Those Who Are At High Risk For Complications With Flu Are:
- anyone who is 65 or older
- anyone who is pregnant
- young children.
Seek Emergency Help if You Are an Adult and Experience the Following:
- shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing
- pressure or pain in the abdomen or chest
- sudden dizziness
- persistent or severe vomiting
In Infants Look For:
- significantly less wet diapers than normal
- an absence of tears when they cry
- inability to eat
- difficulty breathing
In Children Look For:
- a rash with a fever
- stops interacting
- not consuming enough fluids
- having a bluish tint to the skin
- difficulty breathing
How Is the Flu Diagnosed?
A rapid influenza diagnostic test is the most common method to quickly diagnose flu. It usually takes only 30 minutes.
There are some cases where a person has the flu and their test turns out negative. In this case, there are other tests that can be used. These tests don’t yield results as fast. Specific treatment begins once you test positive for influenza.
How Is the Flu Treated?
Several antiviral medications designed to treat or prevent the flu include:
- Rapivab® (peramivir)
- Relenza® (zanamivir)
- Tamiflu® (osltamivir)
We Bring Urgent Care to You!
Contact Anywhere UrgentCare™ for at-home evaluation and treatment for influenza. We do house calls to save you time and money. Simply schedule an appointment for a time and place that works best for you: