Stung by the Flu Bug?
Silver Cross Provides 24/7 Emergency Care in Homer Glen & Joliet
Joliet, IL (Jan. 5, 2011)—High fevers, aching bones, cold sweats, diarrhea, severe headaches and vomiting are all signs of the flu that can have you stuck in bed for days. But when these ailing symptoms worsen, it can be difficult to know how to treat them. Silver Cross offers tips to know when to seek medical attention when your flu bug sting takes a turn for the worse.
Most healthy people recover quickly from the flu without complications. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are some “emergency warning signs” that require urgent medical attention.
In children, some emergency warning signs include:
- High or prolonged fever
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Pale or bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Changes in mental status, such as not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; or seizures
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease)
In adults, some additional emergency warning signs include:
- High or prolonged fever
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Near-fainting or fainting
- Severe or persistent vomiting
“To avoid serious health complications, people need to seek medical care immediately, either by calling their doctor or going to an emergency room if their symptoms worsen,” said Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director for the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen.
24/7 Care Just Minutes Away
The Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center is located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen. The Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and staff by board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses.
Patients can check wait times—if any at www.silvercross.org for both the Homer Glen Free-Standing Emergency Care Center as well as Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.
The Silver Cross Health Center also provides laboratory services and diagnostic imaging services including: MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound and EKGs. And there are several physician offices including a pediatrician, podiatrist, spine and colorectal surgeons, cardiologists, rheumatologist and family practice physicians. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).