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When the Flu Requires Medical Attention…

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Each and every one of us has had the flu at some point in our lives. The sniffles, a nagging cough, sore throat, and fever may send you to bed for a few days, but have you ever wondered when it’s time to seek the help of a doctor or walk in clinic, or if your symptoms require a trip to the emergency room (ER)?

Depending on your age and health, flu symptoms can gradually escalate and even be dangerous to your health. Here’s how to know when your illness requires professional medical attention…


1. Progressive Illnesses

According to the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, we often categorize our illnesses—the flu to pneumonia—based on the symptoms. For instance, while a common flu might have you taking over-the-counter meds and cancelling your work and social plans for a few days, more serious symptoms from pneumonia (i.e., high fever, chills, and shortness of breath) might cause you to make an appointment with your doctor ASAP.

However, doctors at the Mayo Clinic remind us that even the flu can progress into a very dangerous situation. And those more serious complications (i.e., a serious infection or sepsis) can require emergency medical attention—stat—as symptoms progress!


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