Cough, Colds and Flu Treatment Clinic in Easley, SC
Don’t suffer from the signs and symptoms of your cough, cold, or flu. Come to AFC Urgent Care, where our staff can help develop a treatment that is just right for you. Schedule an appointment online today or call us for more information. Healing begins with AFC!
Every year, flu season comes around, accompanied by the common cold. The reason the flu has a season is because every time the temperature drops, the membrane surrounding the virus becomes more viscous, and is not as easy to penetrate. That is why during this time of year, it is especially important to bundle up, because you don’t want to catch a cold!
Where can I go to get a flu test?
Most cases of the flu can be expected to clear up with at-home care. However, occasionally the virus can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia. You should consider coming in for testing if:
- You’ve been sick for over a week and aren’t getting better.
- Your symptoms are more severe than what you have experienced prior.
- You have a fever above 102º
- You feel dizzy, confused or exceedingly weak.
- You can’t stop vomiting or having diarrhea.
- You can’t keep fluids down.
In some cases, your provider may opt to prescribe antiviral medications to help lessen the severity of symptoms and reduce the chances of complications occurring. For those who have lost excess amounts of fluids, hydration via IV fluids may also be necessary.
Providers at every AFC Urgent Care location have seen many cases of influenza over the years and are well-equipped to help get you back on your feet. Contact us at any of our AFC Urgent Care facilities to get treated today!
Can I go to urgent care for the flu?
If you are unable to get an appointment, then the Urgent Care Centers are the best place to start. While the flu can leave you feeling downright rotten, if you’re otherwise in good health, there are good reasons not to go to the ER.
At AFC Urgent Care, you can be seen in a timely fashion. The wait times are generally much shorter than in the emergency room. You’re also doing other patients a favor by not going to the ER with a case of the flu.
Which doctor should I consult for a cough?
Coughing is a common symptom that can arise from a range of different conditions. Some, including pneumonia and asthma, require medical attention. As they may indicate something more serious, it is best to see a doctor for coughs that persist for longer than 3 weeks.
When the lungs or airways become irritated, a cough occurs. The common cold is the most common cause of a cough, which does not usually require medical attention.
However, coughs that occur with other symptoms may require a trip to the doctor. This is particularly important with more serious symptoms, such as coughing up blood.
Here are some signs of when to get a cough checked out:
- coughing up blood
- shortness of breath
- unexplained weight loss
How can I permanently get rid of a cough and cold?
Since there is no cure for the common cold, most of the home-care tips are completely natural. Doctors recommend the following steps to relieve your symptoms and help your body overcome the virus. While they won’t cure the cold, they’ll make you much more comfortable while you wait for your symptoms to subside. If you still feel uncomfortable, then try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for further relief or visit an urgent care center near you.
- Stay home and get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
- Gargle with warm saltwater to ease a sore throat
- Humidify the air so your nose and throat don’t dry out
- Sip warm liquids to soothe your throat and sinuses
- Suppress your cough with honey
If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, or the common cold, contact AFC Urgent Care today, where we can offer you relief! We have a team of professional staff who are eager to help you feel your best! To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!