Q: How long do infections typically last?
A: Usually these types of infections last one to two weeks. Much of the time, they go away on their own. Over-the-counter pain medications can help you feel better and drink plenty of fluids to make sure you stay hydrated.
Q: When should I see a doctor?
A: You should see a doctor if you have:
- A fever for more than three days or if it is above 103 degrees
- Difficulty breathing
- A weakened immune system due to a pre-existing medical condition
- Symptoms that are prolonged, serve, worsening or reoccurring
Q: When should I choose urgent care vs. an emergency room?
A: You should go to an urgent care:
- To be tested
- If you have a fever, even a low-grade one, for more than three days
- If you can’t get in to see your primary care provider and have a weakened immune system
- Symptoms that are prolonged, serve, worsening or occurring
You should go to an emergency room:
- If you have a fever and it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: seizures, difficulty breathing, confusion, rash, severe headache, vomiting or diarrhea, or a stiff neck.
Q: Is there anything I can do to protect myself from getting sick this cold and flu season?
A: You can prevent illness by washing your hands frequently and staying up-to-date on vaccinations. It’s not too late to get your flu shot or to receive your COVID-19 vaccine or booster. If you do get sick, it’s important to stay home so you don’t spread the illness to others.
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