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Common Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care During the Winter

Certain illnesses and injuries can be diagnosed and treated at an urgent care. If you are experiencing an emergency that is not life-threatening, an urgent care can be more convenient and more affordable than the emergency room. Learn more here for help differentiating between urgent care services and emergency room services. AFC Urgent Care Dedham can treat a variety of medical emergencies. Here are the most common reasons for a visit in the cold, winter months:

Respiratory Illnesses

Respiratory illnesses are infections of your upper or lower respiratory tract. It can include congestion in your head or chest, a cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever, and more. Urgent care centers are able to provide diagnosis and treatment for nearly all respiratory infections. Common upper and lower respiratory tract infections include:

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Sore or strep throat
  • Sinus Infections
  • Bronchitis

These illnesses make up almost a majority of visits to urgent care centers, especially in winter months. Flu season runs from October to February every day and affects millions of individuals in the United States. Bronchitis and sinus infections are often after-effects of a cold or the flu. Treatment for these illnesses varies dependent on symptoms, but a flu vaccine, antibiotics, and other over-the-counter medications will likely be recommended. If you are feeling under the weather, visit AFC Urgent Care Dedham today. 

Sprains, Fractures, and Broken Bones

Cold weather means snow and ice, which can lead to slipping and falling. Minor broken and fractured wrist and arm bones increase in the winter months, leading to more urgent care visits and the emergency room. Whether your bone injury is due to black ice, sports injuries, or car accidents, AFC Urgent Care Dedham is able to help all cases that are not life-threatening. Additionally, we are able to provide treatment for any injury that involves stitches. As long as the bleeding is not entirely out of control and may require hospital care, we can provide treatment. This may include stitches, bandages, and pain medication. 

We are able to diagnose the seriousness of the injury by doing an x-ray. From there, we are able to provide the best course of action to have you feeling your best again, including splints, casts, or crutches. Our physicians may also provide recommendations on certain medications for pain. 

Contact AFC Urgent Care Dedham

If any of these injuries or illnesses apply to you, visit our clinic today. Our physicians can give you and your loved ones the best care possible to have you feeling 100% again. Visit us or give us a call at 781-461-0200