Cold and Flu

cold and flu - young woman with cold blowing her runny nose
You’ve got a sore throat, your head and muscles are aching, and now you’re running a fever. What you were hoping was just a cold is feeling more and more like the flu.

Act quickly and head into Liberty Urgent Care today.

We offer walk-in medical service and can help you stop the flu in its tracks. First, we’ll run a rapid flu test to confirm that your symptoms are indeed due to the pesky seasonal virus. If so, we can prescribe an antiviral medication proven to lessen the severity and duration of the illness. Antivirals, if taken promptly, can reduce the time you are sick by 1-2 days and also prevent serious complications, such as pneumonia.

Cold vs. Flu

The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses. Colds are generally milder and do not result in serious health problems, while flu can cause serious and life-threatening complications. The two share many symptoms and it is difficult to tell the difference based on symptoms alone.

Common Symptoms of Cold & Flu

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat

Unsure if your illness warrants a trip to the doctor?

The Mayo Clinic offers advice on when to see a healthcare provider:

  • Fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C)
  • Fever lasting five days or more or returning after a fever-free period
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Severe sore throat, headache or sinus pain