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When you come down with a cold it may seem like a very minor inconvenience. In most cases, a cold can be handled at home with over-the-counter medicine, and you’ll feel better after a few days. However, common cold symptoms, including a stuffy nose, can be deceptive. These could be indications of a much more severe infection or illness.
At AFC Urgent Care South Philly, our board-certified doctors are experienced in diagnosing different ailments and illnesses. If you suspect you have a more serious infection, they will be able to confirm it for you and prescribe the proper treatment. It is very important to get an accurate diagnosis. Treatment for a bacterial infection will not be very effective for a viral infection, and vice versa.
The first step to effective treatment is the diagnosis. Is it allergies, a cold, or sinusitis? We’ve broken down the three likely causes of your symptoms.
The most common indication that you have a cold is a sore throat, a fever, and body aches. Fortunately, you can wait out a cold, and it will be out of your body after a few days. Additional medication may be needed if a cold is particularly stubborn and won’t go away. This will lessen the severity of your symptoms and speed up your recovery. Our providers can determine if you require some extra help to kick your cold. One of the best ways to get rid of a bad cold or flu is not to get it in the first place! AFC Urgent Care South Philly has flu shots available to give you added protection during Flu Season. Flu shots are covered by most major insurances.
Itchy, watery eyes point to allergies rather than a cold. This can be triggered when you are exposed to a specific allergen. Whatever this may be can quickly cause your symptoms to manifest. Allergies tend to be best managed by avoiding whatever triggers them, if possible. Severe allergies may require over-the-counter medication or prescription strength to lessen symptoms.
If you find your symptoms are focused on the nasal area, sinusitis might be the culprit. Symptoms of this illness include a painful and swollen feeling radiating from your cheeks to your forehead. You will find your nose to be incredibly stuffy. Unfortunately, you may also discover colored mucus and suffer a sore throat. These symptoms are incredibly uncomfortable and may last for as long as four weeks. Stop by AFC Urgent Care South Philly so our physicians can properly diagnose you.
Ear wax build-up can be another issue that appears with cold symptoms. Occurring over a period of time, this can end up being a very painful problem. Do not try to clear out accumulated ear wax, especially if it becomes hardened inside your ear. You could end up injuring yourself and cause various hearing problems. One of our highly-experienced doctors can clean out the ear wax and flush it out safely.
Regardless of your cold, allergy, or sinusitis, we are ready to help you here at AFC Urgent Care South Philly. Our physicians will be able to diagnose and treat your symptoms to get you back onto the road to recovery as soon as possible. No appointment is necessary to see our doctors or access our services. We look forward to serving you soon!
We do not test for seasonal or food allergies at our location. Please consult your primary care physician for this service.
Our doctors will not give antibiotics for a common cold or an allergy. These medications will not be effective. Antibiotics can be prescribed for sinusitis caused by a bacterial infection.
Do you have a temperature, or general aches and pains? If so, you’re likely dealing with a cold, not seasonal allergies. Either way, AFC can help.
Nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants are often used to treat seasonal allergies. While many of these can be purchased over the counter, some patients need prescription strength allergy medicine.