The flu affects millions of Americans every year and can keep you out of commission for days, or even weeks. If you suspect you have the flu, getting tested early may help you get treatment that can shorten the duration of your flu. The experienced team at Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center, with a location in Allen, Texas, offer the flu test and can determine if your symptoms are due to the highly contagious virus. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

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What is the flu?

The flu, also referred to as influenza, is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system, including your nose, throat, and lungs. While most people can recover from the flu with rest, for some people, the flu infection can lead to serious health consequences, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

You can catch the flu when you inhale droplets that contain the virus spread by an infected person who coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can also pick up the flu germs from an object, such as a door handle or computer keyboard, and transfer them into your body when you touch your face.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Your flu symptoms may resemble the symptoms you experience when you have a cold. However, with the flu, the symptoms typically develop rapidly, usually within 24 to 48 hours.

Common flu symptoms include:

  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Fatigue and weakness

You may also feel as though your symptoms are much worse with a flu compared to your cold.

When should I get a flu test?

If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, you should contact the specialists at Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center right away. Getting tested early may help you get the treatment you need to help reduce the duration of your infection.

During the test, your specialist swabs a sample from the back of your nose or throat. The swab is then tested for influenza antigens. It only takes about 15 minutes to get the results of your flu test.

What happens if my flu test is positive?

If it turns out you have the flu, your specialist at Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center may be able to provide an antiviral medication to help you feel better faster and prevent further complications. In addition to the antiviral, you also need to:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat when you can
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers as needed

To prevent the spread of the virus, you should also stay out of public places up until you’ve gone 24 hours without a fever.

To get tested for the flu so you can feel better faster, call Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center today or book an appointment online.