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Flu, Cold & Sore Throat in Milton

Peak flu season occurs from October to March, however, you can contract this virus any time of year. The flu—influenza—is a contagious respiratory illness that can lead to more serious symptoms if left unchecked such as pneumonia or bacterial infections. At Bayhealth Emergency and Urgent Care Center, Total Care, we offer emergency room and urgent care diagnosis and treatment for flu, cold, and sore throat symptoms in Milton, DE and the Greater South Delaware area.

While symptoms can range from mild to severe, it is important to monitor the condition of anyone suffering from the flu, especially high-risk groups such as children ages four and under, pregnant women, adults ages 65 and over, and those who are diagnosed with chronic conditions.

Symptoms of Influenza include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Coughing and sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion

Difference Between the Common Cold & Flu

The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses and it can be easy to confuse the two. However, symptoms of a cold typically come on more gradually and are less severe than those of the flu. The flu refers specifically to influenza, whereas the cold can be caused by a number of viruses, such as rhinovirus, parainfluenza, and seasonal coronavirus—which is not the same as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

When Should I Go to the ER for Flu, Cold, or Sore Throat?

Many people can completely recover from the flu or cold at home through rest, medication, and hydration. However, if you experience any of the below symptoms, it is time to visit an emergency care physician for rapid treatment:

  • Pain in your chest or abdomen
  • Dizziness, disorientation, and confusion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Continuous vomiting

Visit our local emergency room and urgent care facility to receive rapid diagnosis and treatment for your flu, cold, or sore throat symptoms.