Riverdale Urgent Care Offers Tips on Flu and Strep Throat Prevention

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Flu season is still in full swing, and Riverdale Urgent Care knows how to help patients with it.

Spring may be here, but that doesn’t mean flu season is over. Riverdale Urgent Care is providing tips on how to treat and prevent the flu and strep throat. These highly contagious ailments, which can be passed through something as simple as a cough or a sneeze, can leave people feeling miserable for many days. That’s why Riverdale Urgent Care is prepared to educate the public on flu and strep throat prevention and treatment.

The simplest and easiest way to prevent the flu is through vaccination and proper hand washing. People cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. Flu shots and nasal mist vaccines are the available options. Vaccines are 70-90 percent effective. There is currently no vaccine to prevent strep throat, but it can be prevented in other ways, which also help prevent the flu. These include hand washing, avoiding touching the face, disinfecting shared surfaces and avoiding shared objects like towels. It is also important to try and avoid contact with people who have these illnesses as much as possible.

There are a number of common and unpleasant side effects for both the flu and strep throat. The flu can give you a high fever, aches, pains and a lack of energy. Strep also causes very unpleasant symptoms such as a swollen neck and throat, painful swallowing, high fever, aches and stomach symptoms.

These diseases, if left untreated, can also lead to more serious complications. Certain groups such as the elderly, pregnant women, infants and people with certain medical conditions can be more at risk for these complications.

Treatments for the flu include rest, fluids, avoiding alcohol/tobacco and taking over-the-counter medications. For strep, symptoms can improve within a day or so with the help of antibiotics. Other strep treatments to supplement antibiotics include taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for fever and body aches), gargling with saltwater, eating soft foods, drinking plenty of liquids, resting in bed and placing a warm, moist towel around the throat.

Those who think they have the flu or have come down with strep throat can come visit Riverdale Urgent Care for easy, painless, rapid in-house testing which can provide results in under 10 minutes.

For more information about flu and strep throat prevention and treatment, contact Riverdale Urgent Care by calling 347-913-4242 or visit their website at http://www.riverdaleurgentcare.com/.
<br>About the company:<br>Riverdale Urgent Care is conveniently located at 5665 Riverdale Ave. in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, N.Y. At Riverdale Urgent Care, each staff member brings in-depth understanding, extensive experience and skills. In addition to treating life’s everyday minor injuries, they offer drug testing, blood testing and vaccines.

The Riverdale Urgent Care clinic is open evenings, weekends, and holidays, when most doctors’ offices are closed. Call today for more information.

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