Cold and Flu

Everybody gets the common cold or the flu at least once in their lifetime. There are many home remedies to these conditions. If you have been sick with the cold or the flu and it shows no signs of getting better, then you can get treated by one of our medical professionals here at WellCare Urgent Care center.


The Common Cold

Many people get colds each year, they are extremely common. The viral infection affects the respiratory tract, such as the nose and throat. There are various viruses that cause colds but the most common one is rhinoviruses. It can be spread through the mouth, eyes, or nose, this happens when droplets get in the air when someone sneezes or coughs. It can also be spread through contact with hands.

Most adults get about two or three colds a year. Young children are at higher risks for getting colds than others. But most people recover from this illness within ten days.

Common Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Low Fever
  • Slight Body Aches

Nasal discharge can change in color as the cold runs its course, it may appear think and yellow or greenish. This is normal. There is no cure for the common cold. It typically just needs to run its course and the symptoms can be helped with over-the-counter medications such as pain meds, nasal sprays, and cough drops.

Flu

Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory system, like the nose and throat. This is not a stomach flu which causes diarrhea and vomiting. This flu is spread through air droplets after someone sneezes or coughs. Young children, seniors, and those with weak immune systems are at high risk for getting the flu.

Common Symptoms

  • High Fever over 100.4
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Headache
  • Aching Muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Dry Cough

Most people need plenty of rest and fluids when they have the flu. You can get an antiviral medication if needed.

If you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms don’t wait to get treatment started. Contact WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids today. We will help to get your illness resolved.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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