ORANGE, CT (PRWEB) March 08, 2016
PhysicianOne Urgent Care urges the public to be vigilant this cold and flu season. Taking simple steps now can help avoid the cumbersome or serious illness all together.
Both the common cold and influenza, or the flu, are viral infections of the upper respiratory system. While both conditions may present with similar symptoms, the common cold will not progress to more serious conditions like pneumonia or lead to hospitalization. The flu will impact between 5-20% of Americans annually and causes several thousand deaths per year.
Symptoms of the flu include body or muscle aches, chills, and fever. Additionally, patients may experience cold-like symptoms such as a cough and sore throat. The flu can cause serious complications, especially in very young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical problems, such as asthma, diabetes, immunodeficiency, or heart disease.
Patients are reminded that the best line of defense against influenza is an annual vaccination. Apart from getting an annual flu shot, patients can also safeguard their health by following these simple steps:
- Avoid unnecessary close contact with others who are sick.
- Stay home and rest when sick, in order to slow the spread of sickness through school or work.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Additionally, practice coughing and sneezing into an elbow crease as opposed to a hand.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when possible.
A cold, on the other hand, is characterized by a stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and an occasional fever. The cold virus can last anywhere from two to 12 days. While there is no cure, many patients can get relief by increasing their fluids, getting plenty of rest, and taking over-the-counter cold and cough medications. Exercising good health practices can serve as the best defense against catching the common cold.
PhysicianOne Urgent Care has multiple locations in the state of Connecticut and is now open in New York. With convenient hours and 365 days of operation a year, the experienced team at PhysicianOne Urgent care is ready to assist during this cold and flu season.
About PhysicianOne Urgent Care
Established in 2008, PhysicianOne Urgent Care was the first in the market to be accredited and certified by the Urgent Care Association of America. PhysicianOne Urgent Care takes great pride in helping make families lives a bit easier. PhysicianOne Urgent Care’s high quality medical care is a cost effective alternative to the Emergency Room as well as a convenient alternative to primary care physicians during off or peak hours. PhysicianOne Urgent Care provides walk-in treatment for a wide array of illnesses and injuries. On-site services include x-ray, wound stitching, and lab services.
All locations are open 365 days a year. Experienced providers are on-site at all times. Most insurances are accepted. For more information, please visit http://www.PhysicianOneUrgentCare.com.