Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Treatments and Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Feeling better never felt so good.


As temperatures begin to fall, that’s when fevers, colds and infections start to pick up. Aches, sore throat, stuffy and runny noses, chills and coughs can easily lead to time in bed instead of time with family and friends.


This time of year we see everything from the common cold and flu to sinus, ear and upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and even pneumonia. Many illnesses have similar symptoms and determining what your ailment is or isn’t can be an important step toward identifying the best treatment options for you. Central Alabama Urgent Care offers a broad scope of treatments for cool and cold weather illnesses. Our healthcare professionals are ready and waiting to help determine what’s causing those sniffles and to make sure your condition doesn’t worsen. And don’t forget that a flu shot is an important part of staying healthy this season.


Our full medical team can help prevent and treat illnesses by providing:


  • Flu shots*
  • Rapid strep and flu testing right in our office
  • Chest X-rays
  • IV fluids and medications
  • Relief for your symptoms such as fever or nausea


Helpful Home Remedies


We know that when you aren’t feeling well, home is the only place you want to be. Here are a few tips to try at home to help you feel better fast.


  • Sip Soup: The soothing tastes and smells of hot soup can help you relax and soothe a sore throat. Warm soup vapors may also help loosen clogged nasal passages.
  • Drink up: Fluids, fluids, fluids. Flu especially can leave you dehydrated. Water, fruit juices and electrolyte beverages can help make sure you’re getting the fluids you need. If feeling nauseous, take small sips and don’t gulp. Hot tea is also great for soothing a sore throat.
  • Humidify: Relieve nasal congestion and throat pain by breathing moist air. Take a hot shower or use a clean humidifier.
  • Chill out: Plenty of rest helps support your body’s ability to fight infection. Your to-do list can wait until later. Make sure you’re giving your body the rest it needs to get better.
  • Gargle, gargle: Get the warm salt water ready. For sore throats, gargling warm salt water can help relieve swollen, inflamed tissue in the throat.