When to Seek Emergency Care for Flu Complications

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Most often, the flu is an illness that can be successfully treated with rest at home, but the flu can be a much more dangerous virus when complications arise. For older adults, the flu is a particularly high-risk illness, because it may result in pneumonia or other more serious conditions that require hospitalization. Children are also more likely to need emergency care for the flu, because they do not have the same type of immunity as healthy adults. Below you will see the signs of flu emergencies in all age groups so that you do not hesitate to seek care when it is needed most.

For Adults

In adults, flu symptoms might subside before suddenly returning with more severity and a high fever or worsening cough. If this occurs, you will want to take a trip to the emergency room, because there may be a secondary illness present causing the return of symptoms. Any time an adult flu patient has dizziness, confusion, severe vomiting, or difficulty breathing, he or she should have emergency care. Adults with conditions such as asthma, COPD, or other respiratory disorders have the highest risk for flu complications.

For Children

Children with flu complications might show symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath, a fever accompanied by rash, bluish colored skin, or irritability even when being held. Not interacting normally or drinking enough fluids can also indicate a flu emergency.

For Infants

Infants may show some of the same signs as children in a flu emergency, but they might have some additional symptoms like fewer wet diapers, inability or refusal to eat, or crying with no tears. When you are dealing with an infant or young child who has the flu, it is best to use the most caution and keep your pediatrician’s number handy so you know where to turn for the right level of care.

With the emergency room at Riverside Community Hospital, you will never have to wait long to get the immediate, accurate care needed for flu complications that may arise this winter. When you need tips on flu care or the seasonal flu shot, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000. 

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