Cold and Flu

Everybody gets the common cold or the flu at least once in their lifetime. There are many home remedies for 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. Various viruses cause colds but the most common one is rhinoviruses. It can be spread through the mouth, eyes, or nose and occurs 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 risk for getting colds than others. But most people recover from this illness within ten days.

Common Cold 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 thin 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.


Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory system, like the nose and throat. This is not the 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 a weak immune system or other serious health problems are at high risk for getting the flu, especially during flu season which usually starts around October.

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. Additionally, we offer the flu shot. While it won’t help with the flu you already have, it can help prevent getting the flu in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cold & Flu

Why are colds worse at night?

Colds can often feel worse at night because your body temperature can rise at night, your circadian rhythm can affect your immune system, and you have fewer distractions at night and more time to really notice your symptoms.

What are the side effects of flu shots?

The side effects of the flu shot include soreness, redness, and swelling at the injection site. You may also experience headaches, a fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Can you catch a cold from being wet?

No. Colds are caused by viruses, not by being wet or going outside in the cold without a jacket.

How long does the standard flu last?

The standard flu symptoms stick around for about 4-7 days. After that, you should start to feel better.

What causes a cold?

A cold is caused by viruses which often lead to inflammation in the membranes that line the nose and throat.

What are the best ways to prevent colds?

Some of the best ways to prevent colds are to wash your hands regularly, social distance when people around you are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Come into WellCare

If you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms, don’t wait to start treatment. Contact WellCare Urgent Care Center in Grand Rapids today. We will help to get your illness resolved. You can schedule a same-day appointment online at both our Cascade and Leonard locations.

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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