People are likely to get sick year-round, but risk increases as the seasons change and bodies begin to adjust to new temperatures and weather conditions. Patients who begin to exhibit symptoms of seasonal illnesses can visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for diagnosis and treatment seven days a week this fall.
What kind of illnesses are common in the fall?
There are several types of viruses and illnesses that may be common in the fall months, especially as the days get colder. Some of the most common illnesses include:
The influenza virus is in season from early fall through late spring, peaking between December and March each year. The flu is easily prevented, with the most effective measure being by getting an annual flu shot at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood each year. Flu shots are available starting in September and can be provided to walk-in patients seven days a week. Common symptoms associated with the flu include fever, chills, head and body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have a fever, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks to ensure you are not contagious. If you are experiencing more prolonged or severe symptoms, you should visit our urgent care center for care during our convenient walk-in hours.
Similarly to the flu, the common cold is a viral upper respiratory infection that can quickly spread from person to person via droplets of moisture sent through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, landing on surfaces and other people’s eyes, nose or throats. While most colds can be treated at home with rest, more severe symptoms may require treatment from a healthcare professional. If you have a fever or the cold will not go away, you should visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for assessment including decongestants and pain relievers.
Seasonal allergies kick up in the fall after reducing in the summer months, when pollen is less prevalent in the air. However, when people begin spending more time indoors, other allergens can lead to reactions and mild allergy attacks including dust, mold and pet dander. To avoid reactions, avoid spending too much time in your basement or bathroom, where mold can form due to increased levels of moisture in the air. If you have pet allergies, make sure you have decongestant and any prescription medications on hand for the longer hours you will be spending with your animals. If you begin to experience a mild to moderate allergic reaction, you should visit AFC Urgent Care for treatment.
How can I prevent getting sick?
Because many of the most common fall illnesses are viral, there are several steps you can take to prevent falling ill. Wash your hands several times throughout the day using warm, running water and antibacterial soap. Lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds, concentrating between your fingers, under your nails and on the backs of your hands to kill germs and eliminate buildup. Avoid touching public surfaces without wearing gloves or without washing your hands as soon as possible after. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth until you wash your hands to prevent spreading germs. When soap and water are unavailable, apply hand sanitizer to your hands to kill germs.
Walk-In Seasonal Care & Flu Shots in Lakewood, Littleton & Golden, CO
If you are beginning to exhibit symptoms of illness or are in need of your annual flu shot, visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood today. Our center is open seven days a week and offers convenient evening and weekend hours to best fit your needs. Most major insurance carriers are accepted. For more information, please call (303) 988-3600.