Have you ever had a viral infection?

If you have, you know they can be truly awful. Coughing, sore throat, headache, and fever are just a few of the symptoms you may experience with a viral infection. But you don’t have to suffer for long; seeking the proper medical care can help you fight the infection and feel better faster.

The medical professionals at FastMed Urgent Care want you to feel better quickly. That is why FastMed stays open late, is open on weekends and holidays, and never requires an appointment.

Viral Infection vs. Bacterial Infection.

Viral InfectionMany infections have similar symptoms but require very different treatments. For instance, bacterial infections, like strep throat, can usually be treated with a simple antibiotic; whereas, viral infections are unresponsive to antibiotic treatments. According to WebMD, “the treatment of viral infections has proved more challenging, primarily because viruses are relatively tiny and reproduce inside cells.”

Luckily, antiviral medications have become available for some viral infections, including:

Herpes simplex viruses. Herpes simplex viruses are categorized into 2 types: Herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2. Herpes simplex 1 most commonly causes sores on or around the mouth; herpes simplex 2 causes sores in the genital region. Currently, there is no cure for herpes simplex viruses, but there are antiviral medications that can be taken to relieve the symptoms.

Influenza (the flu). Influenza attacks your respiratory system and causes muscle aches, sore throat, chills, a high fever, and fatigue. It is estimated that 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized each year for flu-related complications, so getting an annual flu shot is imperative.

Whether you need a vaccine, flu shot, or fever relief on a Sunday morning, FastMed Urgent Care is there for you. Do you live in North Carolina or Arizona? If so, there is probably a FastMed right in your neighborhood.

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