The common cold affects millions of patients each year, often more than once. Young children can have between 6-10 colds in a single year. While many can be treated at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications, more severe colds may require medical attention and treatment. If you need treatment for a cold, you can visit Urgent Care of Mercer County seven days a week for walk-in treatment. Some of the more severe symptoms of the virus include:

Fever

Spiking a fever is not uncommon while battling a cold because they are spread through similar viral infections. A fever can be reduced or even broken by taking over-the-counter pain relief medications including aspirin and ibuprofen as well as fluids and rest. If your fever reaches over 102 F, you should visit Urgent Care of Mercer County as soon as possible for examination. If your fever is 104 F or higher, you should visit the emergency room immediately. Your fever is too high and may lead to lasting damage in your body and internal organs. 

Sinus Pressure & Pain

A cold can serve as a lead up to a sinus infection if left untreated. By taking over-the-counter decongestants, you will be able to reduce some of your cold symptoms, including stuffed or runny nose and chest or nasal congestion. If your symptoms do not reduce or you begin to feel pressure or pain in your face, your cold may have developed into a sinus infection, which develops when fluids are trapped in the sinuses. Depending on the type of fluid trapped in your sinus, you may need prescription antibiotics to treat the infection. 

Dehydration

One of the most common symptoms that result in more severe cases of the cold is dehydration. If you have a fever and are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, it is critical to make sure you are taking in fluids by eating soups rich in nutrients and drinking water or electrolyte-heavy sports drinks. Staying hydrated is critical even if you do not feel thirsty. If you begin to feel dizzy, foggy or faint, you should visit your local emergency room for assessment and care for severe dehydration. If you catch dehydration early, you will be able to visit Urgent Care of Mercer County for assessment and treatment without worrying about spending hours in an emergency room. 

Walk-In Cold Treatment in Hamilton, Trenton & Robbinsville, NJ

If you begin to experience serious symptoms of a cold, don’t wait to have them examined by a medical provider. By getting treatment early, you reduce the risk of complications. Urgent Care of Mercer County is open seven days a week to walk-in patients who are in need of immediate, non-life-threatening treatment. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For more information, please call 609-890-4100.