We’re right in the middle of winter, so you know what that means, right? It’s flu season, too!

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to share some basic information about the flu, as well as how to prevent it.

What Are the Types of Flu?

There are three main strains of the flu—A, B and C. Of the three strains, Flu A is the quickest to spread and often has more severe symptoms.

Symptoms of Flu A

  • Chills
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you think you have the flu, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will determine whether you have the flu or another illness. If you have the flu and are within 48 hours of symptom onset, your doctor may prescribe you an antiviral medication to lessen the severity of the illness.

How the Flu Is Treated

  • Antiviral medication, if prescribed by a physician
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • OTC meds like pain relievers and cough syrup
  • Throat lozenges

Think you may have the flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for a flu test and medical evaluation so that you can get to feeling as good as new.