As winter slowly begins to turn to spring, you may have some trouble figuring out if your symptoms are signaling a cold or a return of seasonal allergies, and whether or not you should be seeing a doctor. If your symptoms are worsening even with extra water and rest, you should visit your local urgent care clinic to be checked by a health care professional. There are several symptoms you may develop that indicate that your illness may require medical attention.

Congestion

Congestion is a common symptom in both a cold and the flu virus and can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications available at your local drug store. If the congestion reaches your sinuses, it can lead to an infection in the area. If you have been taking decongestant medication for over one week and are still feeling stuffy, seek an examination at AFC Urgent Care to determine whether you are suffering from a bacterial infection. If this is the cause, your doctor will be able to prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Visiting sooner rather than later can prevent further issues from forming and affecting your overall health.

Mild to Severe Fever

Do you have a fever that won’t stop climbing? A high fever can be an indication of the flu or other viruses, and letting it climb too high can lead to lasting damage throughout your immune system. While readily available medications such as ibuprofen can provide temporary relief, they may not cause your fever to break entirely and cause it to climb even further once the drug wears off. If your child is combating a high fever, do not give them aspirin. Aspirin can lead to a condition called Reye’s Syndrome in children under the age of 18, which can be fatal. If your child has a fever that exceeds 104 degrees, you should bring them to an emergency room immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Your child may be suffering from appendicitis, pneumonia or lupus. If left untreated for too long, the fever can lead to long-term damage within the immune and nervous systems.

Dehydration

If your symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, you are more vulnerable to becoming dehydrated unless you are consistently replenishing your fluids with water and sports drinks that are high in electrolytes. It is important to keeping drinking throughout the day when you are sick, even if you do not feel hungry or thirsty. Some signs you may be dehydrated include sudden dizziness or fainting. Dehydration can be treated at AFC Urgent Care by administering an IV with fluids and electrolytes.

Is your cold lingering longer than it should? Visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange for diagnosis and treatment.