Tips from Velocity Care to help you get through this year’s cold season
With this year’s cold season upon us, many people are suffering the symptoms of the common cold. Most colds last about a week and can be managed at home with lots of fluids, rest and some over-the-counter remedies. There are circumstances, however, when a trip to the doctor is in order and Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center is here to help you determine when it is important to make that visit.
- Your symptoms won’t go away.
The common cold generally lasts anywhere from one to three weeks. Symptoms usually start out at their most severe and gradually get better as time goes on. If your symptoms continue to worsen or they last longer than two weeks, it is time to see the doctor.
- You have a fever and it will not subside.
A fever, in both a child and adult, is a temperature of 99.5° F or higher. If there is a very high temperature present or if the fever will not go away with the use of over-the-counter fever reducers (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen), then it is time to make the trip to see a trained medical professional. High fevers can be very dangerous, especially in children, and can be an indication of a serious infection. Prompt medical attention is important.
- You have an extremely sore throat and it is difficult to swallow.
Many cold symptoms include a sore throat but this symptom, although unpleasant, is usually not severe and will gradually get better over the course of a few days. If your sore throat continues to worsen, is very severe, makes swallowing difficult and/or is accompanied by a fever, then it is time to see the doctor. Many throat infections, such as strep throat, can be very dangerous if left untreated.
- You are experiencing chest pain or difficulty breathing.
Any symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, tightness in the chest, a squeezing sensation, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath could be signs of a much more serious condition such as a heart attack. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. At an urgent care treatment center we can order an EKG to determine the cause.
- You are experiencing unusual or extremely severe symptoms.
Most of us know what the common cold feels like and what to expect once the sneezing and sniffling starts. If anything feels out of the ordinary or more severe than usual, it is important that you listen to your body and make an appointment to see your doctor. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
At Velocity Care, our team of experienced medical personnel takes pride in helping you and your family get back on the road to good health. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find a walk-in clinic near you.
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