Am I Suffering From an Infection?

The winter season has a lot of perks, but the spike in viral infections is not one of them. When the temperatures drop, viruses like the common cold and influenza tend to spike and linger throughout the entire season.

When you start feeling ill, it can be hard to determine what you are suffering from on your own. We can help! Our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team can help diagnose your condition, and we can work together to come up with a treatment plan.

What Kind of Infections Are Common?

Infections can be caused by a variety of viruses or bacteria that are introduced into your body. If you are exposed to a germ, it can settle into your body and multiply. If that happens, you will start to experience some symptoms of illness. Common symptoms for infection include a fever, sore throat and runny nose.

Bacterial infections are caused by harmful bacteria, while viral infections are caused by viruses. In the winter season, viral illnesses are more common because of the way they spread. The common cold, flu and RSV all can be easily spread between populations due in part to all the extra time we are spending indoors.

Common Infection Transmission Methods

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Long-term contact with infected people

What Can I Do for an Infection?

Feeling sick is never fun, so seeking symptom relief or a treatment plan is always the best course of action! Come see us at the onset of your symptoms so we can do a full evaluation and run some tests. Our rapid tests can detect a variety of viral or bacterial illnesses in a matter of minutes.

Bacterial and viral infections require different treatments, so it is important to receive a proper diagnosis so you can feel better faster. Bacterial infections can be knocked out with antibiotics, while viral infections need to run their course. In either case, rest, fluids and self-care are crucial to a full recovery.

Avoid Viral Illness This Year

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay up to date on your recommended vaccination schedule.

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