Diagnosing and Treating the Flu Online
The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is one of the most common conditions doctors on Amwell treat. Since the flu is highly contagious, it is beneficial for patients with the flu talk to a board-certified medical provider from home as it prevents further spreading of germs.
During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to flu. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Depending on the cause and severity of the illness, your treatment plan for the flu may include:
- Home treatment options, such as bed rest and increased fluid intake
- A recommendation of over the counter (OTC) medications or vitamin supplements
- A prescription for antiviral medication
Note: To assess the severity of your infection the doctor may ask for your temperature, if possible it would be best to take your temperature before starting the call.