Do I Have a Viral Infection?

January 15, 2023

Do I Have a Viral Infection?

We are in the throes of the winter season right now, and that certainly means that there is illness all around us. Chances are that you probably have been sick yourself already once or twice! It can be confusing to start experiencing a variety of symptoms and not know what you are suffering from.

Viral infections are a common cause of illness during this time of year. These types of illnesses are easily transmissible and can cause a variety of symptoms! If you are wondering if your most recent illness is due to an infection, our AFC Urgent Care Farragut team explains more below.

What Are the Most Common Infections in the Winter?

Since we typically spend more time inside in the winter, cases of viral infections tend to spread easily from person to person at this time of year. The common cold, influenza, COVID-19 and RSV are all common infections that can affect entire populations as they spread.

Viral illnesses tend to cause similar symptoms at the start, so in order to determine what you are suffering from, it is important to watch your symptom progression. The common cold will most likely just be a nuisance for a few days and then resolve, while the flu can make you feel really sick right away and linger for a week or so. When it comes to RSV, it can start out with cold-like symptoms and then progress all the way to trouble breathing. COVID-19 manifests in many different ways, so may appear like any of the illnesses above.

Telltale Signs of an Infection

  • Fever
  • Chills and sweats
  • New cough
  • Congestion or runny nose

When Can I Expect to Feel Better After an Infection?

Most viral illnesses just need to run their course, so the best thing you can do while you wait to feel better is to take good care of yourself and rest. Sleep, fluids and a balanced diet can all aid in your recovery.

With most viral infections, you can expect to feel better in about a week! It is important to remember to stay home from work or school while you are feeling sick. You don’t want to contribute to the spread of your particular illness. While you may fare OK and only experience mild symptoms, the person you give it to may not.

Take Care of Your Body

  • 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.
  • Eat well and get plenty of rest.

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

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