How Do Urgent Care Centers Treat Viruses?

Urgent care centers have grown in popularity in recent years and there’s a good reason for that! An urgent care is designed to address all of the common complaints that people have about emergency rooms and other types of hospital settings. Nearly any non life threatening condition can be treated at an urgent care.

You can walk in at any time and be seen quickly, typically within an hour or less. You’ll be able to receive the same expert care that an ER can offer at a fraction of the cost! One of the many condition urgent care centers treat are viruses, and here’s a quick look at how.

Virus Diagnosis

The urgent care staff will begin by asking you about your symptoms, how long they’ve been going on, and taking your vital signs. Many viruses can’t be tested for directly, so diagnosis comes from symptoms and physical evaluation. Some viral infections can be tested for using a blood test or throat swab. Be honest about any and all symptoms you’ve been having to ensure an accurate diagnosis. 

Treatment and Symptom Management 

Viral infections can’t just be cured, but they can be managed. The urgent care team will suggest over the counter medications to manage less severe symptoms or prescribe higher strength medications to help manage more severe symptoms. If you’ve become dehydrated, they can also help to get you rehydrated before sending your home.

The urgent care will be able to better manage your symptoms the earlier you seek treatment. For severe cases of the flu, and antiviral medication may be used to keep your symptoms from getting worse.

Be careful when trying to manage a viral infection at home, especially if you experience a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Getting treated by a professional will lead to quicker healing and getting you back to your normal life as quickly as possible! 

Virus Prevention

Urgent care centers are also able to help you prevent viruses through vaccinations. Right now, the flu vaccine is the most important! If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, stop in today to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is covered in full by most insurance companies and even without insurance, it’s available at a very low cost.

The medical team will review your history with you to make sure you’re up to date on the rest of your viral vaccinations too. 

Visit AFC Urgent Care Allen and ask about urgent care services or stop in to learn more about how we treat, prevent, and manage viral infections!