With Flu Season upon us, it is important to know and understands things you should be looking out for when it comes to illness this year. At Restore Health Urgent Care, we want to ensure that you are well informed when it comes to your health.
During flu season we hear the same thing over and over and our Palm Bay, FL locations. Many patients take it upon themselves to diagnosis themselves with a common cold until it reaches a point where treating their illness causes more trouble than it should. This is why it is really important to understand the differences between a common cold, upper respiratory infection and flu viruses this year.
If you are one of the many that feel it is just a cold but you are a bit concerned that it could be something more, to ease on the side of caution and book your appointment online at Restore Health Urgent Care to ensure a fast, quick appointment on your time this holiday season!
Keep an eye out for these 7 signs it’s more than a common cold this year!
You’ve had symptoms for longer than four days
If you have had symptoms longer than 4 days, it is time to visit Restore Health Urgent Care. The common cold tends to clear itself between three to four days. The common cold typically begins with a scratchy sore throat and congestion. You may also be experiencing a runny nose and slight cough which are all common signs of a cold. However, if you cough and post-nasal drip continue on the past four days to prevent further complications. A quick trip to your local urgent care will give you peace of mind and help get a jump on healing sooner than rest alone.
During this time of year, it is important to keep an eye out as a lingering cough and congestion could be signs of something more serious such as the flu or mononucleosis. Your doctor at Restore Health Urgent Care will be able to run a simple test or two to determine if its a common cold or bacterial infection.
Your symptoms seemed to go away… and then they came back
If you were feeling under the weather for a few days and then began feeling a bit better when all of a sudden you were experiencing the same symptoms this could be the sign of more than a common cold. Typically when you begin feeling better and then become sick again you may be experiencing a rebound illness or superbug that your body isn’t ready to fight off.
You may have initially had a common cold, however, when you became sick initially it weakened your immune system which left you susceptible to other illnesses. These other illnesses typically end up resulting in strep throat, pneumonia, or a sinus infections which need to be treated with antibiotics.
You recently returned from a big trip
Travel during the cold and flu season leads to more concerns than a common cold alone. When individuals travel during this time of year, it is easy to come into contact with any infection. If you have been traveling this year and fallen ill, it is recommended to seek out the care of a physician in order to rule out other illnesses. This is especially important if you have been traveling abroad.
You have a high fever
It is not particularly common to experience a high fever with a cold let alone any fever although there are exceptions. If you have been experiencing a fever over 101 degrees and a sore through, you may have come into contact with strep throat. Many patients will experience a high fever within the first few days of their illness with strep throat.
Strep throat is not an illness where simply rest is recommended but rather antibiotics. When left untreated, strep throat may lead to more serious illnesses such as rheumatic fever and lead to serious heart problems.
You’ve had a low-grade fever for days
A low-grade fever is one thing when it comes to the common cold, but a low-grade fever that continues on for a few days are signs you may be experiencing something more. A consistent fever could mean you actually have the flu. If this is the case, you should follow up with a physician.
To decrease your chances of falling ill with the flu this year, you still have time to visit Restore Health Urgent Care for your flu shot!
You’re having stomach issues
Stomach issues such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea don’t usually accompany colds, so symptoms like these could signal something more serious, such as the flu.
It’s important to get medical attention if you’re experiencing these symptoms consistently, as they can cause you to become dehydrated. If you are experiencing these symptoms, aside from seeking medical attention, it is important to drink plenty of fluids.
You have severe headaches
Severe headaches over a long duration of time can be a symptom. Especially when they are accompanied by a fever and neck stiffness could be a sign of something more regardless of the time of year. If your severe headache is accompanied by pressure around your eyes and nose, this may be signs of a sinus infection. Sinus infections are typically the cause of pressure build up in your sinus passage.
Sinus infections can lead to further infections and should be addressed by a medical professional.
You’re experiencing chest pain or trouble breathing
As previously stated, a minor cough is a normal symptom of a common cold. However, when the cough is accompanied by shortness of breath, wheezing or chest pain, it may be a sign that you have more than a common cold. Possible illnesses may include bronchitis or pneumonia.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to make your appointment with Restore Health Urgent Care!