Ways To Fight The Flu

When cold and flu season hits, you may be tempted to come see us at Buckhead Urgent Care and Atlanta Primary care.  Understanding your symptoms and when to seek care can help you determine the best path to wellness.

Fever, chills, body ache, congestion, and nausea are all classic flu symptoms. During cold and flu season, the doctor’s office may not be the best place to visit.  Doctors agree that these patients are better off at home, resting, hydrating and helping to minimize the spreading of germs.

Still not sure what to do or where to go when flu symptoms strike? Here are three doctor-approved resources when fighting the flu:

Buckhead Urgent Care & Atlanta Primary Care helps patients with illnesses or injuries that aren’t life-threatening but can’t wait until the next day. We are staffed with nurses and doctors that can prescribe medication and complete tests to help you on your path to recovery, right now – not tomorrow.  We offer longer hours than your Primary Care Provider.

Flu symptoms an Urgent Care Center can help with include:

  • Normal flu symptoms (if your doctor’s office is closed or the doctor cannot see you for a few days)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Possible dehydration
  • Improvement of symptoms followed by a high fever (a possible indication of new infection)

Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Your PCP is your main doctor. Call your PCP’s office and speak with your nurse or doctor if they are available. They can give you advice over the phone or determine if it is necessary to set up an appointment.  But if they don’t reply promptly, come and see us as soon as possible.

Emergency Room
Only go to the ER if your illness or injury is life-threatening. Signs that may indicate a need to visit the ER include trouble breathing, difficulty waking up, or other life-threatening symptoms. If you see these signs, call 9-1-1 or go directly to the closest ER.

Doctors agree: you CAN help fight the flu! 

  1. Rest and Recharge. Keep your immune system strong with eight hours of sleep every night.
  2. Get Your Flu Vaccine. Make sure to get your vaccine every year.
  3. Wash Your Hands. Kill germs by washing your hands for 30 seconds with soap and warm water.  Do this often!
  4. Use Hand Sanitizer. Stop germs from spreading between washes.
  5. Cover Your Cough. Cough into your elbow instead of your hands and cover your mouth with a face mask.

Not sure if you should come in or wait? Contact us right now! Also, you can schedule your appointment online.

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