What Winter Illnesses and Injuries can I Visit an Urgent Care for?

The cold seasons bring new ailments to patients that are not common during the Summer. Between various illnesses and physical injury, AFC Urgent Care Danbury is there for you. When you need emergency care that is not life-threatening for a sickness or a broken bone, visit our clinic for high-quality care. 

Influenza and other illness

Flu season begins in October and runs through March. The flu affects millions of Americans every year and can be life-threatening for some. Receiving a flu shot is the best way to stay safe from the flu and other illnesses caused by the flu, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or sinus infections. AFC Urgent Care Danbury is able to conduct a flu test to detect antigens of the flu and give you proper treatment recommendations. 

We also provide tests for mono and strep throat. These tests are conducted through nasal or throat swabs and analyzed in our on-site lab. Once results are back, our physicians can prescribe you an antibiotic, steroid, or other forms of medication that will help eliminate any harmful bacteria. 

Physical injury

With ice and snow covering the grounds, slipping and falling is more likely. Broken and fractured wrists or arms are more common during the winter months for this reason. Instead of spending hours waiting in the emergency room, AFC Urgent Care Danbury has digital x-rays that can examine your injury and determine the best course of action. We can provide hard or soft casts to help heal your broken bone properly and have you feeling your best. 

In addition to broken bones, the holiday season sees an increase in lacerations from cooking. An accidental slip of a cooking knife can leave you needing stitches. Unless your cut is extremely deep or profusely bleeding, AFC Urgent Care Danbury is able to provide stitches and pain medication as you need it. 

Ways to stay healthy at home

Besides getting a flu shot, avoiding close contact with others and washing your hands frequently are ways to stay healthy. With COVID-19 still happening, wear a mask when out in public and maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others outside of your household. 

Always put plenty of melting salt down on your driveway and sidewalks near your house. This will help remove any ice that you and others could potentially slip on. Additionally, use railings or other ways to maintain balance while walking. Try to not carry multiple things while walking through slippery conditions to avoid further injury if you fall. Falling on your butt instead of using your hands to catch your fall can help avoid fractured wrist bones.