When you need medical care now, walk into any HealthMed Urgent Care clinic without an appointment and receive prompt attention from skilled doctors, nurse practitioners and health technicians for non-life-threatening conditions including:
Some ailments result from a virus, others from bacterial infections, and still others involve both virus and bacteria. A virus and a bacterial infection can cause similar symptoms—sore throat, coughing/bronchitis, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, fever, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, body aches, for example—but their treatment can be different. One major difference: a virus will not respond to antibiotics. Distinguishing a virus from a bacterial infection often requires testing.
A sore throat often stems from a virus like a cold or the flu. However strep throat signals a bacterial infection. Strep throat symptoms can be similar to those caused by a virus like a cold or flu (painful swallowing, redness, inflammation). A throat infection from a cold or the flu will go away on its own. Strep throat requires prompt medical attention. A rapid strep throat test can be performed at our office. Your throat infection will require antibiotics if strep is to blame. A third possibility for strep throat symptoms is tonsillitis.
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities in the skull surrounding the nose that humidify and filter air we breathe in. They become inflamed and clogged with mucus and cannot drain. Sinus infection may be caused by a virus, bacteria, or even a fungus or can develop from an allergic reaction to a substance that has been breathed in (pollen, cat dander, for example). Sinus infection symptoms include fever, tension headache, congestion, runny/stuffed nose, nasal discharge, postnasal drip leading to a sore throat, sneezing, facial/dental pain, even fatigue. Sinus infection caused by bacteria or a fungus typically is treated with prescription medicine.
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, typically occurs when bacteria enter from outside the body through the urethra and multiply in the bladder. UTI symptoms include persistent urge to urinate; burning sensation when urinating; urine that is red, pink or brownish color (may be blood); and sometimes pelvic pain. A urinary tract infection may cause fever, chills or nausea/vomiting, depending on the UTI severity. A mild UTI may resolve on its own within 1 or 2 days in healthy individuals. However, a urinary tract infection should always receive prompt medical attention when accompanied by fever, chills, nausea/vomiting, pain, or blood in the urine.
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