How to Receive Flu Tests & Treatment at Our Urgent Care Center in Somers, NY
PhysicianOne Urgent Care is pleased to offer influenza (flu) evaluations and treatment at our Somers, New York, location. If you ever suspect you have the flu, it’s important that you visit our urgent care center as soon as possible so that we can diagnose your condition. Our medical care providers can usually diagnose the flu by evaluating your symptoms and performing a physical exam.
You might be surprised to learn that oftentimes, we can diagnose the flu without using a flu test. In fact, flu tests are not considered an accurate way to detect the flu. In some cases, however, a flu test might be necessary. During a rapid flu test, we’ll swab your nose or throat to collect a mucus sample and let you know within about 15 to 20 minutes whether you have the flu. We’ll then recommend an appropriate course of treatment depending on the results. If you do have the flu, this might include a prescription for an antiviral medication like Tamiflu.
Why Is It Important to Get a Flu Test in Some Cases?
Some of the hallmark symptoms of influenza include coughing, a runny nose, a sore throat, fever, chills, achiness, and fatigue. But, did you know that many bacterial infections can cause similar symptoms? In many cases, doctors can accurately diagnose your condition based on your symptoms. If there’s uncertainty about what’s causing your symptoms, however, a flu test can confirm your diagnosis.
It’s critical that you seek treatment as soon as possible after you start feeling sick. That’s because the antiviral medications often used to treat the flu become less and less effective the longer you wait to start taking them. If you begin taking one of these medications within 48 hours after you first start experiencing symptoms, you could begin feeling better about a day sooner than you otherwise would. If you wait longer than 48 hours, though, the medication could have significantly less effect on your symptoms.
Walk-In Flu Testing & Treatment
If you’re concerned that you may have the flu, visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care’s Somers office today to receive an examination, which might include a flu test, and treatment. We’re located next to Stop and Shop in the Somers Commons Shopping Plaza. Feel free to stop in whenever it’s most convenient for you — we’re open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and we don’t require appointments. We’ll see you as quickly as possible, and if you’d like to expedite your visit even more, you can take advantage of our online check-in service.