Winter isn’t here just yet, but flu season is just around the corner. For some communities, it has already started. The flu is something that almost everyone deals with at some point in their life. By itself, the flu is not a major health concern. Most people who get the flu do not need to see a doctor. However, there are some people who should see a doctor when they have flu symptoms.
Age Makes a Difference
People in certain age groups are more likely to suffer from complications of the flu. These people should see a doctor as soon as they have more than one flu symptom. If you have an infant under a year old, they should be seen by a doctor if they display any symptoms. People over the age of 65 should also see a doctor for flu symptoms. If you are younger than 19 and take daily aspirin therapy, you will also need to see a doctor.
Some medical conditions and aspects of your health could also pose complications with the flu. If you are pregnant or have given birth in the two weeks before symptoms appear, you should see a doctor at the first sign of flu symptoms. You should also see a doctor if you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney issues, liver problems, or a blood disease. You should also see your doctor if your immune system has been compromised by an illness such as HIV or take immunosuppressants such as steroids.
Common Flu Symptoms
Now that you know who should see the doctor, let’s talk about what to watch for. If you fall into one of the categories above, you should see your doctor when you have a fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, muscle soreness or stiffness, chills, fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea. Don’t wait to have all of the symptoms to see your doctor, but instead make an appointment if you have even only a few of these symptoms. You can contact us for an appointment.