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First Med Urgent Care Provides Tips To Fight The Common Cold

Preventative Measures And When To Visit An Urgent Care

You’ve got that all too familiar scratch in your throat, your head is feeling fuzzy and all you want to do is sleep. Enter the common cold. First Med Urgent Care has compiled some helpful tips that you may be able to follow in order to get over your pesky cold. If you’re at the starting stages of a cold, you can possibly avoid a trip to the urgent care simply by following these tips:

1.) Use a decongestant spray to clear sinus cavities. They work almost instantly! If you can’t stand to spray something up your nose try a decongestant pill, instead. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications.

2.) When you try to blow your nose from both nostrils at the same time, you could actually be creating even more pressure as forceful nose blowing forces nasal fluids up into your sinuses. To prevent infection, blow your nose by closing one nostril at a time and blowing out of only the open nostril.

3.) Eating chicken soup may help you feel better. Research tells us that chicken soup is an anti-inflammatory and the warmth helps to temporarily speed up the movement of mucus through the nose. Your mother was right all those years!

4.) Get lots of rest. Sleep is vital, especially when you’re sick. Don’t feel guilty about staying home from work or school, because your friends will thank you for not spreading the illness and so will your body once you receive the proper amount of rest.

Of course, if you’re well past the stage of fighting the cold off with at-home remedies and you find that you have a high fever, severe headache or any swelling then you probably want to make a trip down to the urgent care. If need be, stronger prescriptions can be written for you when you visit an urgent care doctor. Often times, if a cold goes untreated it can turn into something much worse. The key is to jump right into treating the problem, but if you’ve waited too long we’re here for you. Please click here to view First Med Urgent Care’s office locations, hours of operation and contact information.

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Sore Throats: Are They Urgent Care Worthy?

First Med Urgent Care: Information Station

Spring is full blown by this time, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t subject to getting sick. First Med Urgent Care staff see this sort of thing a lot. You’ve likely had the unfortunate experience of a sore throat, yourself, no matter the season. It’s inevitable that a sore throat will make you feel utterly miserable. Some people may not feel the need to visit an urgent care doctor for a sore throat, however; there are many different reasons you can get a sore throat. It is difficult to know which sore throat is worse than the next, without getting tested. The most common two reasons people get sore throats are because of a common cold or strep throat.

As you can imagine, a sore throat caused by a common cold is the least intense version of the two mentioned. Research tells us that usually, the sore throat is caused by a virus when it is associated with the common cold. Many patients visit our urgent care to get a check-up and generally speaking a sore throat from a common cold comes on in the beginning stages and goes away after a few days. Following the sore throat is the onset of the other common cold symptoms such as; runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

Strep throat causes a similar feeling sore throat, but differs in that it is made of streptococcus bacteria. The bacteria from this type of sore throat can be passed from person to person through saliva. As you may or may not already know, strep throat has been known to cause more severe illnesses. This is the reason why it is important to have an urgent care doctor run a strep test on you.

It would be easier if there were a simple way to tell the difference between the sore throat symptoms connected with the common cold and strep throat, but the truth is that the symptoms of a cold and strep throat can be very similar. So, if you aren’t sure is your sore throat is “urgent care worthy” then perhaps you should visit your urgent care provider anyway. It is always best to be on the safe side.

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Urgent Care Reports: The Common Cold Vs. The Flu

First Med Urgent Care: Cold & Flu symptoms

At First Med Urgent Care, we specialize in treating a wide scope of illnesses and minor injuries. One of the illnesses we are continuously treating at this time is the flu. Believe it or not, March is still a month when the flu bug is still going around. There are some times when patients visit the urgent care and we have found that they cannot tell the difference between their common cold symptoms and the flu. So, when you awaken one morning and find that you can’t stop sneezing and coughing, how do you judge if you have the common cold or the flu?

If you are one of the patients who doesn’t know the difference between the symptoms, then you aren’t alone. According to WebMD, it is common for patients to mistake the two, because sometimes the symptoms seem impossible to tell apart. Of course, you can visit our urgent care facility for either one, but we want you to know some of the most common symptoms you may have for both the flu and the common cold.

Our urgent care tip #1- Common cold symptoms:

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat and this can last a few days. A lot of patients will have nasal symptoms, a runny nose, and congestion in the beginning stages of a common cold. By around day 4 or 5 a cough can develop. Furthermore, a heavy fever is uncommon in adults, but there is still a possibility for a very slight fever. There is no surprise that children are more susceptible to having a fever with a cold. As a warning, we will tell you that during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious! So be careful around the other members of your household, try not to touch your face too much and wash your hands thoroughly.

Our urgent care tip #2- Common flu symptoms:

The flu tends to come on more suddenly and patients will, generally, feel much worse than when they have a cold. If you have that achy feeling, like you’ve been hit by a truck, then chances are that you probably have the flu. Patients will often look and feel very sick, feel weak, have a high fever, and be extremely fatigued when they have the flu. Additionally, many people have been known to get a “dry” cough. Much like the common cold, the flu can be spread easily through contact with the nose, eyes or mouth. This is why it is so important to attempt to keep your hands germ free.

We hope that this information has helped put the difference between the flu and the common cold into perspective. If you feel you need treatment for either illness, please do not hesitate to visit First Med Urgent Care.