Is the Flu Curable?
While flu season continues to be overshadowed by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the flu is still a real threat that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), affects up to 20% of the American population every year. With such a widespread impact, you may be wondering if the flu is curable.
Technically, the flu can’t be “cured” in the same sense that a bacterial infection can with antibiotics. That’s because the flu (influenza) is a viral infection that must run its course over the course of a few days or weeks. And while antiviral medications may be an option for some patients, these treatments can only help reduce the severity or duration of symptoms. Simply put, it’s up to the body’s immune system to defeat the flu.
How Can I Treat the Flu?
The flu can’t be cured with a magic pill, but there are several steps you can take to promote your body’s immune response and help minimize symptoms. Some popular flu-fighting techniques include:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Getting lots of rest
- Avoiding physically strenuous activities
- Taking antiviral medication, as prescribed by a medical professional
- Taking over-the-counter or prescription medication to address symptoms like sore throat, cough, and nasal congestion
Most cases of the flu can be treated at home. However, if possible, it’s a good idea to speak with a medical professional who can prescribe antiviral medications at the first signs of the flu. You should also seek emergency medical care if your symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe weakness.
We’re Here to Help
Fast Track Urgent Care provides non-emergency flu treatment, including antiviral medications and treatment for bothersome symptoms, at our centers in Silver Spring and Kensington. We also offer flu shots to adults and children. Visit us today!