Influenza is a contagious viral infection typically occurring during the winter months. According to the Centers of Disease Control, flu cases are increasing around the country. Prompt medical care can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Influenza treatment from Dr. Daniel Benhuri in Beverly Hills can help you prevent and eliminate your symptoms.
Symptoms of Influenza
Symptoms of influenza last approximately three to seven days. Individuals may experience a fever, body aches, nasal congestion, sore throat and headache. Other symptoms may include loss of appetite, chills, muscle weakness, fatigue and dry cough. Many symptoms can be treated at home. Influenza can lead to hospitalization for individuals over the age of 65, those who are pregnant or patients have chronic illnesses. Contact your primary care doctor if you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, seizures or severe muscle pain and weakness.
Diagnosis of Influenza
Many of the symptoms of influenza can mimic the symptoms of colds and other respiratory illnesses. Your primary care doctor can use rapid influenza diagnostic tests to provide an accurate diagnosis. This test is performed by swabbing your nose or throat and sending the sample to a lab for testing. Results can be received within a couple of hours. Your doctor may perform other diagnostic tests to rule out underlying medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
Causes and Treatment of Influenza
Influenza can be caused by contact with droplets from an infected person. You can be contagious for approximately a day before symptoms start and five days after. New strains develop on a constant basis. Treatment may depend on the type of influenza.
Vaccines along with handwashing, avoidance of crowds and frequent cleaning can help with prevention. Antiviral medications can shorten the length of the infection and prevent serious complications. Other symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medications.
Beverly Hills Influenza Treatment
Influenza treatment can be effective at providing lasting relief. As a highly credentialed primary care doctor, Dr. Daniel Benhuri can provide vaccines to help protect you and treatments to help you feel better. Treatment plans are personalized to meet your individual needs.
If you need urgent care, evening and weekend appointments are available. New patients are currently being accepted at the Beverly Hills clinic. Schedule an appointment today.