With school back in session and COVID-19 safety precautions being lifted, several respiratory infections are starting to spread quickly in our area. Knowing the symptoms and early action can shorten duration and prevent the possibility of secondary infections.
IMPORTANT: The sooner you receive appropriate treatment, the more effective treatments are in reducing the duration of your illness.
Prime Urgent Care offers affordable self-pay rates to diagnose viral respiratory illnesses.
|Provider Visit Examination||$100|
*Specific costs for testing and treatment vary based on the condition.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection, Prime Urgent Care is here to help you. Visit one of our Houston-area centers for diagnostic testing and treatments to address your symptoms. The sooner you get treatment, the more effective the medication will be. Avoid long waits and check in online now!
Flu (or influenza) is a contagious respiratory infection. Type A and Type B are the 2 main types of flu. Type A or B cause the annual influenza epidemics that can affect up to 20% of the population.
For many, routine treatment and symptom management can effectively fight the flu. However, for those with preexisting conditions, Flu A and B are linked to thousands of hospitalizations and a more difficult recovery. It is important to watch carefully for symptoms and seek care to prevent such outcomes.
Flu shots are available to help reduce contracting an influenza virus.
If you have already been infected, antiviral drugs are available to help reduce viral symptoms and fight the virus (ex: Tamiflu*/Xofluza*)
*at discretion/advice of your provider.
Important to remember the sooner you get treatment for flu after exposure, the more effective anti-viral medication will be in fighting the virus.
RSV (or Respiratory syncytial virus) is another common respiratory virus. This virus usually mimics flu-like symptoms, but can be very serious for infants, young children, and older adults. In the US, this virus is a leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1.
RSV Infections can take up to 1-2 weeks to resolve. Symptoms can be relieved through over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and pain. Make sure you speak to your healthcare provider about the right medications for children and other treatments available to address and reduce the symptoms of this virus.
Managing the early symptoms of this virus may help prevent severe presentations.
The Coronavirus disease (or COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that often causes respiratory infections. The current variant that is spreading in the U.S. right now is Omicron BA.5 – because its able to evade immunity from previous COVID infections and vaccination.
COVID-19 bivalent boosters are available to provide protection against the BA-5 variant.
If you have already contracted COVID-19, there are various treatments and medications we can provide to address the symptoms of this virus to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while dealing with this particular illness.
What are the differences between flu and omicron symptoms?
People who are infected with COVID-19 can sometimes experience a loss of taste or small, which is not a usual symptom with flu. COVID-19 usually starts with a fever. Flu usually starts with a cough.
Can RSV and Influenzas (Flu) be mistaken for COVID-19?
Yes – RSV, Flu, and COVID-19 are all respiratory illnesses that produces similar symptoms, such as cough, runny nose, and fever. Diagnostic lab testing is the only way to make an accurate diagnosis.
Prime Urgent Care offers immediate diagnosis of respiratory infections, so you are clear on available treatments to help you start feeling better quickly! If you start experiencing symptoms, just walk-in to be seen by a friendly, licensed medical professional at one of our three Houston-TX urgent care centers in Pearland, Missouri City, and Sugar Land.
During your visit, we will:
We also offer Telemedicine/Telehealth appointment online and offer some of the lowest self-pay rates in the Houston-area. Learn more at https://primeuc.com/