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One-time visit with a physician for diagnosis, treatment, Rx, labs, referrals, and doctor’s notes.
Copay or $129 without insurance.
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See the first available physician, or schedule a visit with a physician you like.
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Get a doctor’s excuse and/or clearance for your school or work if needed.
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You can request a refund after your visit if we are unable to provide care.
Having a visit does not guarantee a medication will be ordered or refilled. It is clinicians’ professional decision. It is prohibited by law to prescribe or refill controlled substances via virtual visits. Your provider may recommend follow-up care, including additional services that may not be included in visit price.

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Flu Treatment Online

What Is the Flu?

Most people have had the flu at some point in their lives. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

The flu is usually more severe than a cold, and it can sometimes lead to serious complications.

Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions like asthma or heart disease, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Symptoms of the flu typically last for a week or two, but some people may experience fatigue and other symptoms for several weeks after the initial infection.

Flu Causes

The flu is caused by an influenza virus. There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B, and C.

  • Type A flu viruses are the most common and can cause severe illness in people of all ages.
  • Type B flu viruses are less common than type A flu viruses and typically cause milder illness.
  • Type C flu viruses are the least common and usually cause only mild illness.

These viruses are contagious and they can infect people through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or blood from an infected person.

The flu virus can also be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as door handles or doorknobs.

People with the flu can spread the virus to others even before they start feeling sick. Most people with the flu will recover in a week or two, but some people may experience severe illness and complications.

Flu Symptoms

The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection that can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and headaches. Many people also experience a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. In some cases, the flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia or bronchitis.

How Does the Flu Differ From a Common Cold?

When most people get a cold, they may experience symptoms like a sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing. These symptoms are usually mild and go away after a week or two. The flu, on the other hand, is a more serious illness that can cause severe symptoms like fever, body aches, and fatigue. The flu can also lead to complications like pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.

How to Treat the Flu?

Treatment for the flu typically includes rest and plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help to relieve pain and fever. Antiviral drugs may also be prescribed to shorten the duration of the illness.

If you have flu symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral drugs can help to shorten the duration of the illness and prevent complications.

At-Home Treatments

There are several home treatments that can help to ease the symptoms of the flu and speed up recovery. These include rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medication. Additionally, it’s important to avoid spreading the virus to others by washing your hands regularly and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Popular Flu Treatments

There are many different types of flu, and each one is treated differently. However, there are some general treatments that can be used for all types of flu.

Popular over-the-counter flu treatments include analgesics like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. These drugs can help to relieve pain and fever. Antihistamines, decongestants, and cough suppressants are also commonly used to treat flu symptoms. 

There are also several prescription flu medications that can be used to treat the virus. These include antiviral drugs like oseltamivir and zanamivir. These drugs can help to shorten the duration of the illness and prevent complications. 

How Can DrHouse Help You Treat the Flu?

If you think you might have the flu, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral drugs can help to shorten the duration of the illness and prevent complications. With DrHouse, you can start an on-demand visit with a licensed online doctor who can evaluate your symptoms and prescribe medication online, if necessary. We offer convenient, affordable, and confidential flu treatment that can be done entirely online.

Content on the DrHouse website is written by our medical content team and reviewed by qualified MDs, PhDs, NPs, and PharmDs. We follow strict content creation guidelines to ensure accurate medical information. However, this content is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For more information read our medical disclaimer.

Always consult with your physician or other qualified health providers about medical concerns. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it based on what you read on this website.

If you are experiencing high fever (>103F/39.4C), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, heart palpitations, abnormal bruising, abnormal bleeding, extreme fatigue, dizziness, new weakness or paralysis, difficulty with speech, confusion, extreme pain in any body part, or inability to remain hydrated or keep down fluids or feel you may have any other life-threatening condition, please go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.

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Frequently asked questions

  • DrHouse offers a wide array of telehealth services tailored to meet diverse patient needs.

    Our primary services include urgent care and primary care consultations, which cover immediate medical assistance for non-life-threatening conditions as well as comprehensive healthcare for chronic and ongoing medical concerns.

    We also provide specialized condition-based services, including dermatology appointments, men’s health, and women’s health visits.

    Our team of licensed physicians has expertise in various medical fields to ensure that we can address a wide range of patient needs effectively and efficiently.

  • DrHouse operates on the principles of convenience, accessibility, and quality healthcare. Our telehealth platform is designed to provide on-demand doctors’ visits for urgent care needs, sparing you the hassle of prolonged waiting periods and ensuring timely medical assistance.

    Using DrHouse is a straightforward process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to create a personalized treatment plan.
    • If necessary, a doctor will electronically send a prescription to your chosen pharmacy.

    For more information visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where the physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that the physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your treatment plan.

    The physician may also request additional information or diagnostic tests, such as blood work or imaging if needed.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once the physician has assessed your needs, they will create a personalized treatment plan, which may include prescribing medication or recommending further medical care.

  • At DrHouse, we understand the value of your time and health, which is why our on-demand urgent care service is designed to work quickly and efficiently. From the moment you request a consultation, it takes only up to 15 minutes to see a doctor.

  • Yes, physicians at DrHouse can prescribe almost any medication, including refills, that is not classified as a controlled substance. DrHouse physicians also will not prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, or HRT medications. It’s crucial to note that the prescription of any medication is purely at the discretion of our healthcare professionals.

    They will assess your medical history, symptoms, and current medications to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. If your physician believes that a certain medication is necessary for your well-being, it will be prescribed.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to use DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing and refilling of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page.

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.