Flu Treatment

Influenza is an annual virus that most people will catch at one point or another. If you’ve had the flu before, you’re most likely familiar with what’s involved in treatment and recovery. For those fortunate enough to have avoided the illness thus far, you should still gain some familiarity with what you’ll need if you ever do come down with this seasonal sickness. 

What is flu treatment? 

There are a couple of approaches to treating the flu. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, you may take one of two routes against the virus. 

The first course of action is traditionally for mild, light cases. Take notice of which symptoms you’re experiencing, and take medications that are meant to counteract those symptoms. On top of your OTC remedies, drink plenty of fluids and give your body enough rest. With these three steps combined, most people can overcome the virus in just a few days. 

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The second approach is for those with pre-existing conditions, already weakened or compromised immune systems, or those looking to take a more aggressive approach to treatment. If you’re at a higher risk for complications from the flu, it’s recommended that you immediately begin to take an antiviral flu treatment medication at the onset of symptoms. 

Antiviral flu medication, such as Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir), work by blocking receptors and stopping viruses from binding to healthy cells. This process helps boost your immune system and fights the flu faster. Antiviral medications ultimately shorten your illness, reduce symptoms, hospitalization rates, and other potential complications resulting from the flu.

Who should consider antiviral flu treatment?

Flu treatment is especially necessary for individuals with compromised immune systems or who are otherwise at higher risk for flu complications. In general, you should consider Tamiflu or Xofluza to help shorten your illness and prevent any complications. 

Antiviral medications are most helpful for individuals who have or meet any of the following conditions: 

  • Less than 5-years-old
  • Greater than 65-years-old
  • Pregnant
  • Asthma
  • Neurological/neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Kidney disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Weakened immune system
  • Extreme obesity 

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When should I start flu treatments?

Antiviral flu medications work best if they’re started as soon as possible. Common recommendations for these medications include Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir). If you’re unsure if antiviral treatments are right for you, you should schedule an appointment with your provider to discuss recovery options. Tamiflu and Xofluza are a helpful treatment for shortening the overall duration of your illness, and your doctor can provide the best guidance. 

Our Piedmont Urgent Care team would love to answer any questions you may have about how you should handle influenza. If you haven’t had a chance to get your flu shot yet, there’s still time. Visit a location near you to get your vaccine today. Take the first step towards protecting yourself this flu season! If you find yourself coming down with a cough, book ahead to be tested and discuss treatment.