🤔 COVID-19, RSV, the Flu, or Strep. 🤔Which Grinch do I have? And what can I do to feel better?
‘Tis the season to be out and about, but with everyone getting sick, you might end up getting sick too. If it’s not COVID-19, it’s the flu, RSV, Strep, or the cold sending people to bed. So what can you do when all these bugs try to “Grinch” the holidays!
Every good fight begins with knowing your enemy
With cool weather comes the possibility of catching a respiratory infection. While symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and congestion can be indicative of many seasonal illnesses, it’s important to diagnose which one you have before self-treating.
See if any of these symptoms apply to you:
How do Covid, Flu, RSV, and Strep spread so quickly?
Because the infection passes through:
Coughing, sneezing, talking and singing
Having direct contact with another person: touching, kissing or hugging
Contacting contaminated surfaces
Sharing food and drinks
How long after exposure will I get sick?
COVID-19: 2-14 Days
Flu: 2-3 Days
Strep: 2-5 Days
RSV: 1-4 Days
One of these diseases is not like the other
Covid-19, RSV, and the Flu are all caused by viruses
**This leads us to the importance of proper diagnosis so you can make sure you can make the right treatment choices!**
Don’t guess. Test. Test. And Test!
The medical professionals at modMD recommend testing as soon as you start feeling ill. With proper diagnosis, symptoms can be treated much quicker than if you were to simply guess or ignore your symptoms altogether.
We provide walk-in, onsite, and concierge testing for individuals and groups:
Once you have a diagnosis, we can start treating you with following options:
Treatments for COVID-19, RSV, Flu and Strep:
COVID-19 treatment with Paxlovid
The modMD doctors can approve and prescribe Paxlovid antiviral medication via virtual screening. Within a few hours, one of our team members will call in your prescription to your pharmacy.
What is Paxlovid?
Paxlovid is an antiviral medication that has recently been introduced to the pharmaceutical industry, and it has been shown to be effective in treating viruses. While there have been some pros and cons associated with this medication, its overall effectiveness remains largely positive.
Is it effective?
The biggest benefit of Paxlovid is that it reduces the duration of viral infections and lessens the severity of symptoms.
Are there side effects?
The most common side effect is a metallic taste in the mouth. Other less common side effects are: headache, nausea, dizziness, constipation, and fatigue. For those who cannot take this medication due to underlying health issues or because of other medications they are taking, alternative treatments may be available.
Flu treatment with Tamiflu
What is Tamiflu?
Tamiflu is one of the most well-known treatments for flu symptoms. Much like with any medical treatment, there are pros and cons to taking Tamiflu.
What does it do?
Tamiflu helps relieve symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness. It can also be used to prevent infection if exposed to someone with the flu.
Is there a side effect?
Users may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and headache (if it’s taken orally). As always when considering a medical treatment it is important to weigh both pros and cons before making a decision.
Strep Treatment with antibiotics
Antibiotics are typically prescribed if you have been diagnosed with Strep.
RSV Treatment with fever-reducing drugs
Treatment for an RSV infection typically includes rest, fluids, and fever-reducing medications such as ibuprofen to reduce symptoms.
Alternative Immune Boosting Treatments
IV Infusion Therapy
(aka the good stuff)
IV infusion therapy provides a range of self-care benefits that can help strengthen immunity and boost overall health. It works its magic by delivering vital nutrients like vitamins and minerals straight into the bloodstream, bypassing the process of digestion.
These treatments also replenish fluids and boost hydration. COVID-19, Flu, RSV, and Strep can all cause fever which can lead to dehydration, headaches and muscle cramps.
Introducing concierge IV treatments
We can send a registered nurse to your home to administer a vitamin-packed infusion that can help speed up healing when you are feeling sick or recovering. We can also add medications to IVs to help with nausea/vomiting and muscle aches.
These treatments also serve as a great preventative measure to keep immunity up all year round.
Click HERE to see our selection of IV infusions and schedule an appointment.
modMD wants to make sure you are safe and healthy this holiday season. We encourage you to test regularly and keep your immunity boosted, especially if you’ve got a lot of parties and family gatherings coming up.
In Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York we have highly trained medical professionals available to come to your event to do on-site COVID-19 (or Flu, RSV and Strep) testing to ensure maximum safety and peace of mind.
For testing at your next event, please contact us HERE