When should you see a doctor about the flu?

In most cases home care can be sufficient in order to recover from the flu. A person who has flu symptoms should be seen by a doctor if any of the following are true:

  • Difficulty in breathing or wheezing sounds while breathing
  • Chest or stomach pain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Repeated vomiting and inability to hold fluids
  • Diarrhea

Additionally people with the following pre-existing conditions should also consult a doctor if they have flu symptoms:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer, or another chronic condition
  • Those over 65
  • Women who are pregnant

Also go to a doctor or emergency room if symptoms were getting milder but come back accompanied by bad cough and fever.

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