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What are the tell-tale cold and flu symptoms to watch?

This fall season, cold and flu symptoms are likely to impact millions of patients each year. Did you know that nearly 40 million patients experience flu-related illnesses while several more are likely to experience a common cold?

Even though the common cold and flu are two different types of viruses, they still cause the same type of symptoms that impact productivity, overall health, and other important life events.

If you’re not sure about the symptoms to watch for, keep reading below to learn how you can determine when you need cold and flu symptom treatment. However, if you’re 100% sure that you’re suffering from cold symptoms, we encourage to learn about our local urgent care services right here in Tampa Florida!

What are the main cold and flu symptoms to expect?

Patients that experience cold and flu symptoms throughout the year usually have the exact same symptoms as other patients. Common colds and the influenza virus adapt and change each year, but are usually consistent when it comes to identifiable symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing and sinus infection
  • Coughing and sore throat
  • Extreme fatigue or loss of energy
  • Puffy eyes and mild swelling
  • Nausea and upset stomach
  • Congestion and breathing difficulty

The symptoms listed above are the most consistent for a majority of patients. However, some patients with more health challenges may have even worsened symptoms.

For example, a patient with asthma or another auto-immune deficiency may need hospital care or an emergency room to treat their cold or flu symptoms. Patients with weakened immune systems could experience breathing difficulties and other problems that are severe enough for hospitalization.

But most patients will only need the services from an urgent care center to get cold and flu symptom treatment!

Visit AFC Urgent Care Tampa for cold and flu symptom treatment!

The good news for patients in northwest Tampa is that AFC Urgent Care provides both immediate symptom treatment as well as preventive care for upcoming seasonal illnesses.

Flu shots in Tampa, FL are easily accessible via our walk-in clinic or through a same-day appointment. With a flu shot, you won’t have to worry about getting sick since the vaccine helps prevent the latest flu virus. AFC Urgent Care Tampa provides and stocks the most recent vaccine for patients.

Cold symptoms are also treatable at urgent care since our provider teams are ready to give medication and symptom relief at our clinic. If you have more questions, please contact us today!