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Illnesses Specialist

American River Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Orangevale, CA

When you’re feeling sick, prompt care is essential. American River Urgent Care in Orangevale, California, provides rapid, effective care for illnesses like the cold and flu, with the convenience of an onsite lab. The dedicated staff treats your illness as quickly as possible. Get the medical care you deserve. Call today, or book a consultation online.

Illnesses Q & A

What illnesses does American River Urgent Care treat?

The experienced providers treat most common illnesses and infections, including:

  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Strep throat
  • Bronchitis

The team also treats common ailments, such as urinary tract infections and rashes. 

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?

The flu and the common cold share many of the same symptoms since they both affect the upper respiratory tract. Flu and cold symptoms often include:

  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Persistent cough
  • Sore throat

Although you may have similar symptoms with a cold or the flu, flu symptoms are often more severe. With the flu, you might also experience aches and pains, and these other symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills

Because the symptoms of both illnesses overlap, you may not know which you have.

How are the cold and flu diagnosed?

Your provider at American River Urgent Care begins by examining you. If necessary, they recommend testing in the onsite laboratory to determine whether you have the flu or another illness. 

While influenza virus type A or B typically causes the flu, a cold may be brought on by hundreds of different viral strains. A lab test helps determine the strain of the virus.

How are the cold and flu treated?

Your provider sometimes recommends treating the flu with antibiotics. However, antibiotics and other prescription medications can’t cure a cold.

For every illness, your provider recommends a comprehensive treatment plan that includes rest and hydration. Drinking lots of fluids helps to avert dehydration, which can worsen your symptoms.

Your provider generally recommends treating headaches or fever with over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers. Cough medicine and decongestants can help temporarily relieve a cough and runny nose and help you sleep better at night. 

At-home remedies, such as eating broth-based soups or drinking hot tea, may help relieve chest congestion, break up mucus, and help keep you hydrated.

If you're looking for a provider to treat your illness, trust the experienced team at American River Urgent Care. Call today, or book a consultation online.