How many of us have ever woken up and thought, “Man, I feel awful today. I wonder if I should go to the doctor any get checked out.” Then thought, “I don’t have time to go to the doctor. Maybe I will just GOOGLE my symptoms.”
We provide a true walk-in clinic where we see patients when they need to be seen with little to no wait. PLEASE, PLEASE do not Google! There are people that show up in my office thinking they have cancer when, in reality, they have a cold. Now that is out of the way, let’s break down the symptoms, differences, and similarities of cold and flu, what you can do to help yourself, and when you should come to see the doctor.
Symptoms of cold and flu are similar sometimes making them very difficult to distinguish without seeing a doctor. According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu symptoms are more intense but usually last for a shorter period of time making it crucial to get in and get the flu test early for the highest accuracy in diagnosis. Usual flu symptoms include: fever, body aches, extreme fatigue whereas cold symptoms are mild like low grade fever (99.0-100.9), stuffy nose, some fatigue.
Contact our office at 865-691-3155 for more information about scheduling and walk-ins. We will help you get back on the road to health in no time!
-Written by Jessica Cantwell, FNP-BC