When to see a doctor for cold & flu treatment

Cold, Cough, & Flu Treatment

Flu Treatment

The flu treatment recommended by your urgent care physician will depend on your symptoms. If you have sinus congestion, you may need a decongestant. If your symptoms include sneezing, itching and a runny nose, you may need an antihistamine. For nasal congestion, your physician may recommend a nasal spray. Conditions such as high blood pressure may affect the medications you can take. Our Physicians Prompt Care doctor or your doctor will find the best treatment for you.

Consider getting a flu shot for you and your family members at Physicians Prompt Care Centers.

When to see a doctor for the flu (influenza)

The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness sometimes caused by influenza viruses. About four days after the viral infection, harsh symptoms may occur. Flu symptoms include headache, cough, chills, aching and fever. Once the fever subsides, it is common to experience nasal congestion and sore throat.

Persistent symptoms, such as fever, chills, chest pain, productive cough and trouble breathing, require medical evaluation and treatment. In addition, secondary infections, such as ear infection, sinus infection or pneumonia, may occur and also may require medical treatment.


Cold & Cough Treatment

The key to recovering from a cold is plenty of rest. Before buying an over-the-counter medication, consider consulting Physicians Prompt Care or your physician to find the best medicine for your symptoms.  Remember that any existing conditions you have may affect which medication you can take.

A bad cough can keep you up at night and make it hard to breathe. Cough treatment will vary depending on the underlying cause and severity. An allergy induced cough may be treated with allergy medication. If your physician suspects a bacterial infection, you will often be prescribed antibiotics. Your cough treatment should resolve the underlying cause and get rid of your cough.

When to see a doctor for a cold

A “cold”  (also known as an upper respiratory tract infection) can be caused by more than 200 different viruses, which inflame the mucous membrane of the nose and throat. Cold symptoms include runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. The common cold is contagious for the first two to four days of infection. Colds can be passed from the infected person coughing, sneezing or making any type of direct contact with another person.

Some living conditions or life situations can lead to increased susceptibility. These conditions include fatigue, overwork, stress, smoking, inadequate nutrition and crowded conditions. Colds cause susceptibility to bacterial infection. You may develop an ear infection, respiratory infection, sinus infection and throat infection including strep throat.


Physicians Prompt Care Center  is dedicated to providing great care when you need it without going to the emergency room. We are staffed with board certified physicians who are prepared to see both adult and pediatric patients every day. Lab and imaging services are also on-site to easily serve your diagnostic needs.

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