Spotting the Early Symptoms of the Flu

The flu is more serious than you might think. While many people experience only mild to moderate symptoms, others suffer from severe flu symptoms and may develop life-threatening complications that require emergency care. The symptoms of influenza tend to develop suddenly. If you experience them, it’s wise to stay home and take care of yourself to avoid spreading germs to others. Consider visiting the emergency care department at West Hills Hospital if you suffer from severe symptoms or if you’re at a high risk of flu-related complications.

Influenza Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of the flu are chills, sweats, and fatigue. The flu tends to cause a fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit; however, not everyone who contracts the flu will have a fever. Muscle aches are also common, particularly in the arms, legs, and back. Patients may experience cough, headache, loss of appetite, and nasal congestion. Nausea and vomiting may occur, although children are more likely than adults to experience gastrointestinal symptoms.

Emergency Symptoms in Children

If the patient is a child, it’s especially important to closely monitor him or her for indications that emergency care is needed. Emergency symptoms in children include earache, drainage from the ear, bluish skin color, difficult or rapid breathing, wheezing, changes in mental state, and abdominal pain. Children also require emergency care if they may be dehydrated, have a fever above 103 degrees , have a fever that persists longer than three days, recover from symptoms but then become ill again, or experience worsening of a chronic medical condition.

Emergency Symptoms in Adults

In adults, worsening of a chronic condition also indicates a need for emergency care. Other emergency symptoms in adults can include persistent vomiting, fainting, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, and severe sinus pain. A high, persistent fever and symptoms that improve, but then recur are other possible indications of medical emergencies.

If you or your child requires emergency care for the flu and its complications, you can trust the team at West Hills Hospital to provide rapid care. Our emergency care services are available 24/7 in our newly renovated and expanded ER. If you have a medical emergency in the West Hills area, please do not hesitate to call 911 now. Otherwise, call our hospital at (818) 676-4321.

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