Nearly 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to complications from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suniel Khemlani, MD, Megha Lalwani, MD, and the team at Lani City Medical in Rancho Cucamonga, California, are committed to providing exceptional sick care to every patient, whether you have the flu, a cold, or strep throat. Schedule an appointment by calling Lani City Medical or by booking a visit online today. If you can’t wait to make an appointment, Lani City Medical accepts walk-ins.
The flu, also called influenza, is a common respiratory illness that is extremely contagious. While most people get the flu in winter or spring — cold and flu season — you can contract this viral infection at any time.
Both the common cold and flu are viral infections, but the flu typically causes more severe symptoms like fever and chills.
The common cold and flu share many similar symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, and cough. However, flu symptoms are typically more severe and last longer. Signs and symptoms of the flu include:
If you think you have the flu, contact Lani City Medical right away, as this virus can lead to pneumonia without proper treatment.
Flu symptoms typically appear about one to four days after you’re exposed to the virus and last five to seven days, though your symptoms can be very mild. Your symptoms may last longer if you’re at risk of complications like pneumonia, sinus infections, or ear infections.
If you’re pregnant, overweight, over the age of 65, or have a preexisting condition like asthma, diabetes, or HIV, you may be at a higher risk of flu complications.
Most people recover from the flu on their own at home. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicine are crucial for relieving your symptoms and fighting the flu. However, if you require additional treatment, Lani City Medical has an in-house pharmacy, as well as IV fluids, that can save you time and money while you recover.
The best way to treat the flu and keep it from spreading is to prevent it in the first place. A flu vaccine significantly reduces your chances of contracting the flu. If you do get the flu, the vaccine can help minimize the severity of your symptoms.
The flu is a serious illness when left untreated. To schedule an appointment with Lani City Medical, call the office or book a visit online today. As an urgent care clinic, Lani City Medical also accepts walk-ins.