When Do You Need a Flu Test?
If you suspect you have the flu, your first thought might be to get a flu test. However, in most cases, a flu test is not necessary to treat flu symptoms. What’s more important is to see a doctor within 48 hours of experiencing flu symptoms, as this is the timeframe when antiviral medications are most effective at treating the condition.
Whether you’re positive you have the flu or are just experiencing flu-like symptoms, you can visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Derby, Connecticut, for a diagnosis. The medical provider you see while at our facility will be able to provide a clinical diagnosis and appropriate treatment based on their own expertise. Since rapid flu tests are not 100% accurate, we don’t always use them as a diagnostic tool.
What Are the Symptoms of the Flu?
Some of the more common symptoms you will experience if you have influenza include:
- Body aches
It should be noted, however, that many other health conditions present these same symptoms. For example, the common cold, respiratory infections, strep throat, and mono are conditions that may have flu-like symptoms. In these cases, a flu test can be helpful in confirming a diagnosis and prescribing proper treatment.
How Is the Flu Treated?
If it’s determined that you have the flu, we will then get to work on providing a proper treatment plan that’s aimed at easing your symptoms. We will prescribe antiviral medications to ease the severity and duration of the flu as well as recommend a regimen of taking over-the-counter pain relievers, resting, and staying hydrated.
Stop by Today
If you think you have the flu, stop by PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Derby to receive an examination and, if deemed necessary, a rapid flu test. For your comfort, we have an online check-in system that allows you to wait at home until it’s time to come in.