According to doctors from Duke University’s medical program, many parents struggle to identify the proper time to bring their child to a doctor for the treatment of common winter illnesses. An excerpt from a recent report states the following:
“Every year around this time, we pediatricians start to see a steady stream of sniffling, coughing, feverish children. Still, many parents wonder whether they really need to be bringing their children in for garden-variety winter illnesses. Should they be concerned, or will the problem resolve on its own? How long should they wait before bringing the child to see us?”
Temperatures around the United States are starting to drop as the winter season slowly but surely makes its way through the country. Aside from ushering in the snow and holiday cheer, the winter season is accompanied by an increased risk of weakening immune systems due to the cold weather. Below are a few illnesses commonly treated during winter in Broadway, Everett urgent care centers:
The winter season is also flu season, with the number of flu cases rising during the months of December, January, and February. People suffering from flu—a sickness caused by the influenza virus—tend to develop high fever (above 101°F), chills, cough, nausea, and fatigue. Luckily, the chances of contracting the flu can be substantially reduced by getting an annual flu vaccine from a reputable Broadway, Everett walk-in clinic, or any urgent care managed by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group.
When the flu is left unattended, there is a high risk of contracting a complication known as pneumonia, an inflammation of the air sacs in the lungs due to infection. This allows pus or other fluids to fill the air sacs, diminishing the amount of oxygen the lungs transfers to a person’s circulatory system.
Another complication of the flu is bronchitis which develops when the mucus membranes of the bronchial passages become irritated and inflamed. This development causes severe coughing fits, breathing difficulties, and overproduction of phlegm. If left without medical attention, acute bronchitis can lead to further complications such as pneumothorax (a condition that causes the lungs to collapse) or polycythemia (an abnormally high red blood cell count).
Seasonal illnesses sound alarming, but they are often mild and can be treated at any urgent care facility. Nevertheless, parents should be prepared for such eventualities and make plans and arrangements during winter in case their children get sick.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Winter Sneezes and Diseases, Duke Health)