If your doctor suspects you have the flu, they can order influenza testing to make a confirmation and to rule out other potential problems like the common cold. At Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, with two convenient locations in the Midwood and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, the caring team offers onsite influenza testing. To schedule your appointment, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that attacks your ears, nose, lungs, and throat. Anyone can catch the flu, but it’s especially dangerous for some groups of people, including people over the age of 65, children under the age of five, and people with chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
The symptoms of the flu vary from person-to-person and depend on the severity of the underlying infection. Common indications of the flu include:
If you have the flu, you’re also likely to experience a fever of 100.4 F or higher.
Influenza testing is a screening procedure used to diagnose the influenza virus. Many health problems, including the common cold and seasonal allergies, present flu-like symptoms. Influenza testing can pinpoint your discomfort and help your provider develop a custom treatment plan.
The influenza virus is easiest to treat during the first 24-48 hours of infection. Influenza testing helps your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider diagnose the flu early on when it responds best to antiviral medications. Early diagnosis can shorten the illness by at least a day.
Additionally, influenza testing guides treatment. If you have the flu, your doctor knows not to prescribe antibiotics, as they’re ineffective against viral infections.
During an influenza testing appointment, your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider takes a sterile cotton swab and gently rubs it along the back of your throat or inside a nostril. Your provider places the swab in a plastic bag and sends it to the onsite laboratory for additional testing.
Once the laboratory receives your sample, they place the swab under a microscope. Next, the laboratory determines the type of influenza you’re suffering from, type A or type B.
After your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center receives the results of your influenza test, they develop a custom treatment plan. Usually, this involves getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding contact with friends and family.
If you have severe symptoms, your provider might also recommend a prescription antiviral medication like oseltamivir or peramivir to lower your risk of serious complications.
To schedule an influenza testing appointment at Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.