Flu Treatment Online

The flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness most prevalent during the fall and winter months.


Flu symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • A fever and chills
  • A sore throat and runny nose
  • Chest discomfort
  • Severe body and muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Vomit or diarrhea
  • And more.

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.

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“I was sick with the flu and my doctor’s office was not opening until noon due to a blizzard. I felt so lousy and had no energy to drive. I couldn’t bear to go to urgent care and wait for hours.  Using Amwell was lifesaving.”

- Kerry C., Massachusetts

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • How long does the flu last?

    The flu typically lasts for one to two weeks. Severe symptoms usually set in after two or three days. You may experience symptoms of weakness, dry cough, and/or fatigue, which can linger for three to seven days.

  • What should you eat when you have the flu?

    To soothe your throat when it’s sore or dry, you can try ice pops, chicken soup, hot tea, etc. A turkey sandwich is a great source of lean protein which will give your body energy to fight illness. Bananas are easy on the stomach with and they can help with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

  • What’s the difference between the flu vs cold?

    The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses caused by viral infections. Colds are typically milder than the flu. A cold can make you feel ill for a few days, while flu symptoms can make you feel ill for weeks. The flu can also lead to more serious health problems like pneumonia. If you are coming down with a cold, your symptoms will typically begin with a sore throat and other symptoms like runny nose, congestion and cough will most likely follow a sore throat. Flu symptoms are very similar to those of a cold, but they are usually more severe and come on very quickly.

  • How long is flu contagious?

    Most of the time, the flu is contagious for about 24 to 72 hours after you have come in contact with the virus. You might remain contagious for up to five days after the onset of symptoms.

  • Are there any home remedies for the flu?

    There are many natural home remedies that can help alleviate flu symptoms. These include:

    • Hydrating
    • Soup
    • Relaxing – be a couch potato!
    • Breathing moist air – a humidifier
    • Cough drops, throat lozenges and hard candies
    • Gargling with salt water
  • How long does the flu virus live outside the body?

    Flu viruses that are able to survive on surfaces outside of the body that will then get transferred to someone’s hands can live up to 24 hours. Although, infectious flu viruses can survive on tissues including your hands for only 15 minutes.

  • What are the side effects of a flu shot?

    Like all medical products, yes – vaccines can cause side effects. Typically, side effects of the flu shot are mild, but they can include soreness, headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches.

  • Should I get a flu shot while pregnant?

    It’s not only safe for you, but it could also save you and/or your baby’s life. The Centers for Disease Control, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other organizations all strongly recommend that pregnant women get a flu shot.

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