Are you feeling under the weather? We are sorry you are feeling sick! It can be hard to feel motivated to get off of the couch in search of treatment options, so it is important to make the most of your trip by understanding exactly what is making you sick.

If you have an infection, knowing what type of infection you have is important when it comes to treatment options. If you suspect or know that you have an infection, check out our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team’s latest information about the difference between infections below.

What Causes an Infection?

Infections occur when our bodies are exposed to a microbe or germ. If that germ settles into our bodies, it can multiply and cause a reaction. When you are experiencing symptoms due to the infection, that is your body’s reaction to the foreign invader. Common symptoms of an infection are sore throat, runny nose and cough.

Bacterial infections are due to exposure to some type of bacteria. Common bacterial cases are strep throat and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Viral infections come from viruses! At this time of year, the common cold and influenza are among the most common forms of viral infection.

The Transmission of Infections

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Long-term contact with infected people

What Are the Treatment Options for an Infection?

If you suspect an infection, come see us! We can diagnose you with a full evaluation and series of rapid tests that help identify what you are suffering from. We can help you create a treatment plan to get back on track.

If we determine you are suffering from a bacterial infection, we can prescribe a round of antibiotics that should knock out your infection in a matter of days. Just be sure to take your whole prescription to make sure your infection doesn’t come back. If you have a viral infection, we can offer you some tips and tricks for home remedies like rest, fluids and OTC medication for symptom management.

4 Signs of Infection

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

Are you feeling ill? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Gastonia for a diagnosis and treatment plan today.