When To See A Doctor If You Think You Have The Flu
It’s important to be safe during the influenza season. Often, people are confused as to when they should contact a doctor – of if they need to.
The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross passes along the following guidelines as to when someone should see a doctor, if they think that they are affected by influenza. Call a physician if the sick person exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- Fast breathing, trouble breathing or bluish skin color.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen (adults).
- Confusion or sudden dizziness.
- Not drinking enough fluids, not being able to eat, or severe or persistent vomiting.
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
- Not waking up, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held or not interacting (children).
- Fever with a rash (children).
- No tears when crying or significantly fewer wet diapers than normal (children).
As always, use your own discretion and if you have any doubts – contact a medical professional.