How Can I Treat an Infection Quickly?

January 1, 2023

How Can I Treat an Infection Quickly?

If you are feeling sick, chances are that you want relief from your symptoms as quickly as possible. In each case, it is important to know what you are suffering from so you can receive the most effective treatment.

This is especially true when it comes to infections. Since infections can come from a variety of sources, different types of infections require different treatment plans. If you are wondering what to do about your most recent infection, our AFC Urgent Care Statesville team explains how to treat them below.

Where Do Infections Come From?

When we are exposed to a microbe or a germ, our bodies are vulnerable to illness. If that germ settles into our bodies and grows or multiplies, we can develop an infection. As the illness multiplies, our bodies typically form a reaction to the invader. This is where symptoms come from! Common symptoms associated with infection are sore throats, runny noses and coughs.

Infections can be viral, bacterial or fungal, but all of them can be contagious! Common bacterial infections are strep throat and UTIs (urinary tract infections), while common viral infections are the common cold and the flu.

Common Signs of Infection

  • Fever
  • Sweating or chills
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose or congestion

Can I Treat Any Infection With Antibiotics?

Come see us if you suspect you have an infection! We can diagnose you after a series of rapid tests and come up with an appropriate treatment plan. If it is determined that you are suffering from a bacterial infection, a round of antibiotics is typically prescribed to help knock out the infection. Just be sure to take the entire prescription and don’t skip any doses or your infection could come back!

If we diagnose you with a viral infection, like influenza, we can offer you some recovery tips while you wait it out at home. Unfortunately, viral infections do not respond to antibiotics so your treatment options shift to symptom management while you wait to overcome the infection. Rest, fluids and OTC medication should help you feel better in the meantime.

Avoid Spreading Your Infection

  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wipe down the surfaces in your home often.
  • Avoid others.
  • Stay home from work or school while you are sick.

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

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