I Think I Have the Flu: Can You Help?

I Think I Have the Flu: Can You Help?

Once upon a time, when you started to feel poorly, you just pushed through it. But since the pandemic, you’ve become more aware of how important it is to listen to your body and make sure you give it what it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Perhaps, you’ve started feeling like you’re coming down with something. But your COVID test was negative. You wonder if you have the flu and if there is something you should do about it.  

At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center in Allen, Texas, our health specialists are dedicated to keeping you — and our community — healthy. That’s why we offer flu tests and treatments.

Find out what’s ailing you

If you think you have the flu, it’s best to know for sure. The flu shares symptoms with both the common cold and COVID-19, such as:

If you haven’t yet had a COVID test, please do so; if you’re positive, quarantine for five days, per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Wear a mask around others for another five days. 

If your COVID test is negative, then come to our center for a flu test. We take a swab from the back of your throat and test it on the premises for the presence of flu antigens. You get your results in 15 minutes. 

Start antivirals

If your flu test is positive, we can start you on a regimen of antiviral medications that help to kill the virus behind your symptoms so that you can feel better and recover. We also advise you to:

If you have a sore throat or other pain, you may take over-the-counter pain relievers, too. 

Stay out of public

The flu is contagious, so to keep your loved ones and community healthy (and to speed your recovery), you should isolate and stay out of public areas until your fever subsides for at least 24 hours. You might also choose to wear a mask to protect other members of your household.

What if you don’t have the flu?

If you don’t have the flu, but still have flu-like symptoms and tested negative for COVID, we may recommend other tests, such as a test for strep throat. You can catch strep throat from an infected person who sneezes near you. Symptoms include:

Strep throat is caused by bacteria, not viruses, so we give you antibacterials to clear your infection. You might also have a sinus infection, which causes symptoms that are similar to a cold or flu, including runny nose, sore throat, and a cough. 

Find out what’s causing your flu-like symptoms and get the treatment that matches the illness by contacting us for a flu test today. Call our team at 469-912-2113 or use our online form to schedule a consultation today. 

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