Cold, Flu, & Strep Throat
We’ve all been there - a nagging, itchy, scratchy feeling in the back of your throat that just won’t seem to go away. Is it allergies? A common cold? The flu? Strep throat? Trying to self-diagnose yourself is never easy, which is why we encourage you to get checked if you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, or strep throat. Our team at Urgentology Care will ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for your illness.
While strep throat accounts for only a small percentage of all sore throats, it can cause serious complications, including kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever. This is why it is imperative you pay attention to how you are feeling and seek medical attention, should your symptoms worsen. We aim to be your one-stop-center for all medical concerns, making sure you get the care you need in a timely and efficient manner. Many people avoid going to the doctor when they have a cold, but in some cases, getting checked could save you from a severe illness.
Symptoms of the Common Cold and Flu
It is quite easy to confuse a common cold with the flu, namely because they both have very similar symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms associated with colds and the flu include:
- Body aches and sore muscles
- Feeling tired or lethargic
- Headaches that won’t go away
- Itchy or sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
In most cases, cold symptoms show up a few days after you’ve caught the virus and often start with sneezing and watery eyes. If it isn’t treated early on, a common cold can worsen and the symptoms can become far more serious. If you have the flu, the symptoms will come on suddenly and may include the following in addition to the above:
- Chills and sweats
- Persistent cough
While there is no cure for the common cold, many over-the-counter medications can alleviate your symptoms.
Strep Throat Symptoms
Strep throat often has some of the same symptoms as the cold and flu, but in this case, it is caused by a specific type of bacteria called streptococcus. While the pain associated with strep throat often feels like a sore throat caused by other illnesses, it can lead to serious complications. This is why it is imperative you get checked right away if you have a sore throat that lasts longer than one or two days. Strep throat is highly contagious and may carry the following symptoms:
- Difficulty and painful swallowing
- Red and swollen tonsils
- Sensitive lymph nodes in the neck
Please give us a call or come into our urgent care clinic today if you have any of the symptoms of a common cold, flu, or strep throat.
Important: If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. Information in this site is not intended to be used as a diagnosis for your symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention or visit Urgentology Care.