How Do I Know If I Have an Infection?

January 1, 2023

How Do I Know If I Have an Infection?

Are you feeling under the weather? At this point during the season, it is not uncommon to experience an illness (or two) by now. Getting sick is never convenient, so when you do fall ill, it is important to know what you are suffering from so you can seek the proper treatment.

Infections can be viral or bacterial, and each situation requires a different treatment plan. Check out AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne’s latest blog below to learn how to start feeling better today.

What Do Infections Do in Your Body?

Infections occur when your body is exposed to a microbe or germ that settles in your body, multiplies and causes a bodily reaction. This reaction results in the symptoms you experience as your body works to fight off the illness. Common symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose or fever.

Bacterial infections are caused by exposure to bacteria. Common types of bacterial infections are strep throat and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Viral infections come from viruses that are circulating about. Common viral infections include chickenpox, the common cold and the flu.

The Spread of Infections

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Long-term contact with infected people

Can I Treat My Infection With Antibiotics?

If you have a bacterial infection, we have good news for you! Antibiotics are a great tool to help combat bacterial illnesses. Once you start taking your prescription, you should expect to feel better in a few days. Don’t stop taking your medication, though! Your entire prescription needs to be taken in order for it to be effective.

Viral infections unfortunately do not respond to antibiotics, so treatment is usually focused on symptom management. Rest, fluids and OTC symptom-relief medication will be your best bet for relief as you wait to feel better. We can help diagnose your illness with a variety of our rapid test options, so keep us in mind when you are sick!

Avoiding Infection

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay up to date on the recommended vaccination schedule.

Are you feeling ill? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne for a diagnosis and treatment plan today.

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