What is the Rapid Flu Test?
The most common test for detecting the flu is nasal cultures. When the practitioner collects the culture, they insert the swab and run it along the back of your nose to get a mucus sample. Then they run the rapid test on the sample, which takes about 15 minutes while you wait. In addition to the rapid flu test, we will also perform a physical exam to check your vital signs, heart, lungs, ears, nose, and throat, among others.
How is the Flu Treated?
If you are diagnosed early (within 48 hours after symptoms show up), specific medication like Tamiflu can help ease your symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness by a few days. Unfortunately, after the first two days, these meds won’t do as much for you.
Also, since the flu is a viral infection, you should not take antibiotics. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and do not affect viruses.
With most cases of the flu, give your body time to let the illness run its course. You may find that over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen can provide some relief. Before taking medication, check with Bayside Urgent Care or with your doctor.
How Long Does the Flu Last?
Usually, the flu lasts 3 to 7 days, but it can sometimes persist longer than a week. Young children and the elderly tend to experience more severe symptoms and can take longer to recover. This population can also be more susceptible to complications such as pneumonia and dehydration.