During this time of year, your runny nose and cough could be symptoms of the common cold, seasonal allergies, or the dreaded flu.

Without a rapid flu test performed by a medical professional, it can be hard to tell the difference.  Here are five questions to ask yourself to help determine if your cold-like symptoms can in-fact be the flu.

Are your symptoms severe?

The common cold or the flu share similar symptoms such as feeling congested, and experiencing a runny nose, sore throat, and dry cough.  The main difference between cases of having a cold or the flu is that with the flu, your symptoms may come on quickly and more severe than the common cold.

Click on this link to watch Dr. Steven Heffer, Owner/Medical Director of AFC Urgent Care explain the difference between a cold and flu.

Are you feeling weak or fatigued?

Having a cold can sometimes knock you out, but this may only last you a few days.  The flu, on the other hand, you may end up sleeping for a majority of the day, with your symptoms lasting for a few weeks.

Do you have a fever?

The average fever with the common cold can climb up to 99ﹾF, but the flu can leave you with a fever of at least 100ﹾF-102ﹾF.

Are you having the chills?sleep-1209288_640

The chills are not a common symptom of the a cold.  With the flu, you can experience the chills or sweats due to a fever.

Are you achy?

Suffering from a cold may give you a few aches and pains, but when you have the flu, you may experience muscle and joint soreness.  And while not all strains of the flu may cause stomach aches, some strands may cause you stomach trouble such as vomiting, diarrhea, or even stomach cramps.

Flu Treatment in Bridgeport, CT

At AFC Urgent Care Bridgeport, we treat your flu-like symptoms on a walk-in basis, so you’ll never need an appointment to be seen by a physician.  Our walk-in urgent care center bridges the gap between a costly emergency room visit and trying to book an appointment with your primary care physician.

Our urgent care center also administers walk-in seasonal flu shots to help keep you flu-free.

For more information about our seasonal flu shots or treatment, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at either of our urgent care centers:

Boston Ave Location: 203-333-4400 | Main Street Location: 203-916-5151