Flu Specialist

My Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent Care located in Abilene, TX

The flu is one of the most common and contagious illnesses around. Not only does it spread quickly, but it also debilitates you with aggravating symptoms. Thankfully, My Urgent Care Clinic in Abilene, Texas, has a team of expert practitioners ready to alleviate your symptoms and make you flu-free. Contact My Urgent Care Clinic via phone or online immediately if you think you’re suffering from the flu.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

The flu is an exceptionally contagious respiratory illness that spreads through the lower and upper respiratory tract, effectively causing many complications along the way.

While a cold makes you less active for a few days, the flu runs the risk of worsening drastically, making even the smallest task insurmountable.

What are the different types of flu?

There are five types of flu, each one targeting different groups and each one with different effects:

  • Influenza A: in birds and mammals
  • Influenza B: in mammals and seals
  • Influenza C: rare and creates massive epidemics
  • Avian flu: birds spread to humans in Asia, Africa, and Europe
  • Swine flu: spread from pigs to humans in the US

What are symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of the flu are very similar to those of a cold. My Urgent Care Clinic can help you identify which one of the two you’re experiencing.

Flu symptoms typically arise spontaneously, whereas those of a cold develop over time.

Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • High temperature (over 100.4°F)
  • Aching back, arms, and legs
  • Cold sweats and chills
  • Headaches
  • Dry, continuous cough
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Sore throat and nasal congestion

How do you treat the flu?

A doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic helps you find an effective treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

Your doctor can prescribe you antivirals, like Tamiflu® or Relenza®. As you can see, some of the symptoms are muscle-related, so your doctor might prescribe you painkillers to get rid of the aches.

After consulting with a doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic, you should:

  • Stay indoors
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Find foods you can stomach eating

How can you avoid getting the flu?

You can prevent the flu by getting a seasonal flu shot. These are typically available at all major pharmacies and your doctor’s office. The team at My Urgent Care Clinic can provide you with more vaccine information, including whether the vaccine is right for you.

The flu is not something to take lightly. You should see a doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic immediately if you think you are experiencing symptoms. The faster you act, the less likely you are of both infecting others and staying sick for an extended period.

Call or make your appointment online today.