Treat a Common Cold Early to Prevent Complications

Each year, millions of men, women, and children contract a cold virus. Even when more serious symptoms do not present, a cold can still be a very unpleasant experience. Itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose can make it difficult to function normally. Although symptoms typically only last a few days, the virus can develop into more serious concerns such as a sinus infection or pneumonia. If you are experiencing signs of a common cold, visit First Med in Flushing, Queens, for treatment to ensure that your symptoms do not become worse. Our fast, comprehensive, and highly professional walk-in centers are open seven days a week, every day of the year. If you are suffering from cold symptoms, or any other illness, please contact us today.

Additional Symptoms

There are several common symptoms associated with colds:

Image of woman in bed sickRunny Nose or Nasal Congestion: Excess fluid can cause blood vessels and mucous membranes within your nose to swell, leading to a sensation of stuffiness or congestion, as well as a runny nose. After a few days, you may also experience thicker nasal discharge that is green or yellow in color.

Sneezing: A cold virus can cause your body to release histamine, which makes the blood vessels inside your nose dilate, causing the mucus glands to secrete fluid. This secretion can lead to irritation, and result in sneezing.

Cough: Coughing is often triggered by mucus that drains down the back of the throat. Although other symptoms usually disappear in 10 days or less, a cough can last up to three weeks.

In addition, a cold virus may include symptoms such as mild headaches and body aches, sore throat, watery eyes, fever, and fatigue.

Our fast, comprehensive, and highly professional walk-in centers are open seven days a week, every day of the year.

The Importance of Early Treatment

If left untreated, you can contract an infection following a cold. Symptoms such as facial pain or pressure, increased nasal stuffiness, and a lingering cough can signal the beginning of a sinus infection. A sinus infection can cause a persistent headache that gradually becomes worse, bad breath, decreased sense of smell, and postnasal drip. In other cases, a cold can lead to complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infection, sinusitis, or an asthma attack. If you find that your symptoms are becoming worse, it is important to seek treatment to avoid further complications. We are able to provide thorough, effective treatment without an appointment.

Young children and the elderly are more at risk of developing complications as a result of a cold. In some rare cases, a common cold can even prove fatal if it progresses into a serious infection. If your child or family member is experiencing symptoms, our urgent care centers can help diagnose and treat their illness quickly.

Seek Timely and Professional Treatment

Beyond the usual inconveniences of a common cold, it is possible for the virus to develop into a sinus infection, bronchitis, and other serious concerns. If you are experiencing severe or lingering cold symptoms, please contact us today, or visit one of our local centers