It looks like the Flu but it isn't?

You are feverish, have body aches, coughing and congested. You are certain that you have the flu and head over to the clinic to get tested and treated but your test comes back negative. The flu isn’t the only virus that can leave you feeling generally miserable this winter- the adenovirus can cause similar symptoms as the flu. Adenovirus are prolific viruses and can cause a variety of illness such as pneumonia, gastrointestinal illness, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and even urinary tract infections. There are actually 52 strains.

The CDC says that adenoviruses may also cause diarrhea, conjunctivitis (pink eye), bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of the stomach and intestines, bronchitis, and neurologic disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord.

Both influenza and adenoviruses are easily spread. To protect your self, the CDC encourages frequent hand washing; not touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoiding contact with those who are sick. If you are sick – going to the clinic to be tested for the flu or other viruses can help minimize the spread as well as get you feeling better sooner.  My Emergency Room 24/7 is located at 2810 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd in San Marcos.  A physicial owned free standing Emergency Room has on site labs to help you know what is causing your sypmptoms and getting you feeling better while ruling out a more serious illness. Walk in patients are welcome and encouraged.  

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