Emergency Room for High Fever and Flu Care
High fever and flu can be a medical emergency. Get help without the wait – no appointment needed.
At Surepoint Emergency Centers, we understand that most cases of the flu are usually mild and can be handled at home with rest and over-the-counter remedies. However, there are crucial moments when it’s important to decide if a visit to the emergency room is necessary, such as a high fever in children and adults. Because there are various flu causes, many of which lead to similar symptoms, self-diagnosing can be challenging. That’s why our dedicated team of doctors and nurses are available 24/7 to assist you. Whether you’re experiencing extreme heat, chills, excessive coughing, high fever, or other emergency flu symptoms, we can help.
What Is the Flu?
The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, lead to hospitalization or death, especially in vulnerable groups like the elderly, young children, and those with weakened immune systems. Flu season in Texas usually happens in the fall and winter, peaking between December and February. However, the timing and severity can vary each year. Although the flu is more active in colder months, you can still get it at any time. Early detection of the flu is crucial. If you experience extreme flu symptoms like a high fever, visit your local Surepoint ER immediately.
What Causes the Flu?
The flu is caused by viruses that commonly spread through droplets released into the air when infected individuals cough, sneeze, or talk. Transmission can occur to someone within about six feet. Additionally, the flu can be contracted by touching a surface with the virus and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. Once infected, your body develops immunity to that specific virus strain. However, flu viruses frequently undergo mutations. If you suspect you have the flu, don’t wait. Seek medical attention immediately. Your health is important to us, and early intervention can make a significant difference in your recovery.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of the Flu?
Flu infections can vary widely, with some people showing no symptoms, others experiencing mild or moderate signs, and, in severe cases, more intense symptoms. The flu might seem similar to a common cold, but its symptoms are typically more severe and develop more rapidly, usually appearing 1 – 4 days after exposure to the virus. Unlike COVID-19, common colds, or high fever in children and adults the flu often has a quicker onset. While many people start feeling better within 7 – 10 days, it’s challenging to distinguish the flu from other illnesses like COVID-19 or a common cold without a flu diagnosis. Common signs and symptoms of the flu can include:
- Sore throat
- Weakness and intense fatigue
- Dehydration due to diarrhea and/or vomiting
- High fever (102 degrees and higher), accompanied by increased sweating and frequent chills
- General joint and muscle pains, notably in the back and legs
- An initial dry cough that may progress into a more severe cough, often accompanied by the production of mucus
When Should I Go To The ER for the Flu?
Flu complications can range from mild, such as sinus and ear infections, to severe, including pneumonia, cardiac inflammation, sepsis, and organ failure. These complications can be life-threatening. Those at high risk for flu-related complications include adults aged 65 and older, pregnant women, and children younger than 5. If individuals in these groups or anyone, regardless of age, experience serious flu-like symptoms or high fever seeking medical care is crucial. Never doubt the severity of your symptoms. When deciding whether to visit the emergency room for the flu, consider these factors:
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
- Pressure or pain in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness and severe unsteadiness or weakness
- Severe or persistent vomiting and dehydration
- Severe muscle pain
- Worsening chronic medical conditions
- Fast or troubled breathing
- High fever, sometimes accompanied by a rash
- Extreme irritability
- Not feeding
- Lack of tears when crying
- Lips or skin with a bluish tint
- Ribs pulling in when breathing
- Lethargic (less alert of interacting)
- High fever for babies below 12 weeks
Prioritize your health. If you suspect the flu, take action promptly. Be attentive to your symptoms and seek assistance without hesitation. Visit the Surepoint emergency room nearest you.
High Fever or Flu Treatment at Surepoint ER
If you’re facing a flu emergency, trust Surepoint ER to provide the initial care and stabilization you need for a faster recovery. Our comprehensive services include evaluating and assessing flu complications, along with any necessary flu diagnosis conducted in our onsite labs. In certain cases, you may receive influenza antiviral drugs as a treatment option, particularly effective when initiated within 1 to 2 days of symptom onset. Early antiviral treatment can relieve symptoms, shorten the illness duration by 1 or 2 days, and potentially prevent complications like pneumonia. For individuals at a higher risk, prompt antiviral treatment may be the key to a milder illness and a reduced likelihood of a hospital stay.
Our Tips For Preventing the Flu
The most effective way to lower the risk of seasonal flu and its serious complications is by getting vaccinated annually. Additionally, adopting good health habits, such as staying away from sick individuals, covering your cough, and frequently washing your hands, can play a crucial role in stopping the spread of germs and preventing respiratory illnesses like the flu. Flu antiviral drugs are available for both treatment and prevention. To promote flu prevention, consider incorporating these simple everyday steps:
- Wash your hands often: Thorough hand-washing is an effective way to prevent many common infections.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Stay home and rest: If you’re sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your high fever subsides so that you lessen your chance of infecting others.
Don’t Overlook Flu Emergency Warning Signs – Act Promptly!
Take your health seriously. Whether you’re worried about flu symptoms, experiencing severe fatigue, have a high fever, or any signs of respiratory distress, our Surepoint ER Centers are here for you 24/7. Click the link below to find a Surepoint ER near you and receive the prompt care you need.