How do Urgent Care Centers Treat Viruses?

November 14, 2019

Urgent care centers have grown in popularity in recent years and there’s a good reason for that! An urgent care is designed to address all of the common complaints that people have about emergency rooms. Nearly any non life threatening condition can be treated at an urgent care. You can walk in at any time and be seen quickly, typically within an hour or less.

You’ll be able to receive the same expert care that an ER can offer at a fraction of the cost! One of the many condition urgent care centers treat are viruses, and here’s a quick look at how.

Diagnosis of Viral Infections at Urgent Care

The urgent care staff will begin by asking you about your symptoms, how long they’ve been going on, and taking your vital signs. Many viruses can’t be tested for directly, so diagnosis comes from symptoms and physical evaluation. Some viral infections can be tested for using a blood test or throat swab. Be honest about any and all symptoms you’ve been having to ensure an accurate diagnosis. 

Treatment and Symptom Management 

Viral infections can’t just be cured, but they can be managed. The urgent care team will suggest over the counter medications to manage less severe symptoms or prescribe higher strength medications to help manage more severe symptoms. If you’ve become dehydrated, they can also help to get you re-hydrated before sending your home.

The urgent care will be able to better manage your symptoms the earlier you seek treatment. For severe cases of the flu, and antiviral medication may be used to keep your symptoms from getting worse.

Never try to treat a viral infection at home, especially if you experience a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Getting treated will lead to quicker healing and getting you back to your normal life as quickly as possible! 

Prevention of viral infections

Urgent care centers are also able to help you prevent viruses through vaccinations. Right now, the flu vaccine is the most important! If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, stop in today to get vaccinated.

The flu vaccine is covered in full by most insurance companies and even without insurance, it’s available at a very low cost. The medical team will review your history with you to make sure you’re up to date on the rest of your viral vaccinations too. 

Visit our website or stop in to learn more about how we treat, prevent, and manage viral infections!

Visit AFC Urgent Care Leetsdale to treat and diagnose viral infections

At AFC Urgent Care Leetsdale, we can provide viral infections via our walk-in clinic and integrated urgent care center! Our team can provide immediate treatment for local families in Glendale and Aurora, CO while also determining the source of your infection.

Physicians and team members at AFC Urgent Care Leetsdale can also provide updated treatment options, referrals, and preventive care services to help facilitate other care needs. If you have any questions, please contact our clinic ASAP!

Diagnosing and treating a virus doesn't have to be harder than it already is. Let the AFC Urgent Care team provide the care and convenience you expect for all your needs, including pesky colds and the flu!

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