Illnesses to Watch Out For This Winter

Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 8:00 am

With the holidays approaching, we’re entering the season for various winter illnesses. Along with practicing excellent hygiene, it’s crucial to know the signs and symptoms of the illnesses that we’re most often exposed to during the winter. 

This article will discuss the illnesses that most commonly surge with the holiday season. 

The Most Common Winter Illnesses

  • Influenza

Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory viral infection that tends to affect people in the fall and extends into May. Vaccination is available for this virus during flu season and will help keep you and your family healthy this winter. 

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headaches, muscle aches, runny nose, coughing, and sore throat. 

  • Colds

As the name suggests, the common cold is one of the most widespread illnesses during the winter. Children tend to catch a cold more often than adults, and the symptoms typically last for 7 to 10 days.

Symptoms of the common cold can include a mild fever, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and coughing. 

  • RSV

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can be severe in infants. It’s an infection of the respiratory system that can last for up to two weeks. 

Symptoms include cold-like symptoms and wheezing. If your child is experiencing rapid breathing, it may be time to see a doctor

  • Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious lung condition caused by bacteria or viruses and can last for up to three weeks. Cases of bacterial pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics. 

Symptoms include yellow or green mucus, rapid breathing, fever, chills, and chest pain. 

  • Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is highly contagious and can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. The symptoms of this condition include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. 

The symptoms of these illnesses overlap, making it difficult to distinguish between them. Suncoast Urgent Care has medical specialists that can diagnose and treat your illness and promote a faster recovery. Contact us for an appointment!


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