How Can I Tell if I Have an Infection?

January 15, 2023
How Can I Tell if I Have an Infection?

There is a lot to enjoy about the winter season in Tennessee! The drop in temperatures and winter activities can make it a fun time of year. The arrival of viral infections, however, is not one of the perks of the season.

The common cold and the flu are common illnesses at this point in the year, and COVID-19 continues to stick around. If you are feeling sick, our AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga team can help identify your illness and come up with a treatment plan with you today. Check out our information about infections below to learn more.

What Kind of Infection Do I Have?

In the winter season, viral infections tend to spike as we spend a lot more time indoors in close quarters with each other. This is why the common cold, influenza and RSV all ramp up around this time. If you are exposed to a virus that your immune system cannot fight off on its own, chances are you will start to experience symptoms of illness pretty quickly.

Common symptoms associated with viral illness tend to be a fever, runny nose or congestion, a sore throat and a cough. If your fever causes additional symptoms, body aches and chills are also a possibility. If you are feeling well, stay home! Viral illnesses can be easily spread through populations, so stay home to prevent transmission.

Ways Viral Illnesses Can Spread

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

How Long Will I Be Sick With a Viral Infection?

In otherwise healthy people, most viral illnesses tend to resolve on their own within a week or so. Thankfully, the majority of viral cases don’t become serious or produce severe complications. You will probably just feel sick for a few days until your body starts to overcome the infection.

For those who have a chronic medical condition, are an older adult or are a young child, symptom progression may be different. Since you are considered to be in a higher risk category of severe illness, it is important to keep an eye on your symptoms. If they start to get worse instead of better after a few days, seek medical support right away.

Avoid Viral Infection This Year

  • 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 Chattanooga for a diagnosis and treatment plan today.

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