Cold And Flu Specialist

Texas Direct Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Urgent Care located in Plano, TX

If you’re suffering from the flu or a bad cold, the last thing you want to do is head out to sit in a busy waiting room for treatment. The team at Texas Direct Primary Care in Plano, Texas, understands the need for fast, effective diagnostic and treatment services for cold and flu symptoms. There’s no need to leave home when you’re feeling ill when you have access to a team of trained professionals who can assist you where you’re most comfortable. Call or use the online scheduling option to book your visit today.

Cold and Flu Q & A

What’s the difference between a cold and the flu?

A common cold and the flu are both viral infections and share many symptoms. In general, a cold is a milder form of respiratory illness than the flu. Most men and women will recover from a cold over the course of a few days, while the flu can linger for weeks.

Common Cold

Colds often begin with a sore throat that lasts a day or two. You might also experience congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and a persistent cough, and symptoms tend to gradually worsen before improving.

Flu

Flu symptoms tend to come on suddenly and are generally worse than cold symptoms. In addition to nasal congestion and runny nose, you might have body aches, chest discomfort, headache, and extreme exhaustion. Fever is also common with the flu.

Most healthy adults can recover from a cold or the flu with a period of rest and self care. If your lifestyle or obligations don’t support a lengthy recovery time, you may want to consider at-home treatment.

How are cold and flu symptoms treated?

There is no cure for the common cold or the flu; treatment focuses on managing symptoms. The first step in your at-home appointment is diagnosing your illness. The registered nurse who arrives will assess your temperature, breathing function, blood pressure, and heart rate.

You’ll share information about your symptoms and your overall health. Once your nurse completes the initial exam, a teleconference connection is made with the physician.

Your customized treatment plan might include a mix of over-the-counter and prescription medications. You’ll also receive suggestions on self-care techniques to speed recovery.

What role does hydration play in cold and flu care?

When you’re sick you may not want to eat or drink anything. However, your body needs to stay hydrated to facilitate healing. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and fever all act to deplete your hydration level.

That can make your symptoms even more challenging. Unfortunately, far too many men and women get caught in a spiral in which they feel bad, fail to drink enough water, then feel even worse.

IV hydration therapy can correct fluid imbalance by restoring optimal hydration levels without the need to eat or drink anything. Even better, your IV therapy allows your practitioner to incorporate a custom blend of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients to further enhance your recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about cold and flu care from Texas Direct Primary Care, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.