Having these flu symptoms? You should immediately go to the emergency room
Staying alert and keeping an eye on these symptoms can be the difference between life and death.
The United States has been hit with one of the most deadly flu strains in years, with over 30 children already having lost their lives over it.
As reported by Simplemost, studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that this flu is worse than the one faced by the country in 2017. 2018 has seen the number of cases triple.
The rate at which people are being hospitalized has reached 22.7 for every 100,000 people by the first week of January this year. Most times the flu goes away if proper rest is taken for a number of days.
But under certain circumstances, it is wise to take a trip to the hospital. If any of the following symptoms are observed, a visit to the emergency room is recommended given the severity of this flu.
If there is persistent vomiting, the first stop should be to the hospital, as a matter of urgency. This is a must if one is unable to keep anything down and in control.
Severe vomiting can easily dehydrate a person that can turn out to be fatal as the body won't have enough liquids to fight the flu on its own.
A severe pain in the stomach or a pressure in the chest may require immediate observation. One could be in need of emergency treatment especially if there is an issue with breathing during this pain.
Heavy breathing only exerts more force on the internal organs, which will only serve to add to the pain.
Disorientation and confusion are also symptoms of the current flu strain and immediate attention is advised. Making sure to check the body temperature on a frequent basis is very important.
For adults, when the temperature goes beyond 103, a visit to the doctor is recommended. For children, this number depends on the age of the child and the duration of the fever.
Newborns should be rushed to the emergency room if they exceed a body temperature of 100.4, while children beyond 6 months of age should keep an eye out for the number 102 degrees.
If the fever lingers around for more than 2-3 days, a visitation to the doctor can be a lifesaver.