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Do I need to visit SHS?

Certain illnesses, while unpleasant, may not be cause for a visit to SHS. Consult the symptom lists below to determine whether you may need medical attention. If your symptoms do not appear to require a visit to SHS, use the recommended home treatment until the situation either improves or worsens.

If any of your symptoms persist for more than two weeks, please make an appointment to visit SHS.

What’s the difference between a cold and the flu?

  • A runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, a cough, or mild fatigue and weakness can be common symptoms of both a cold and the flu.
  • Fevers, headaches and muscle aches are much rarer symptoms of a cold, and if these symptoms are severe and appeared suddenly, they are likely associated with the flu.
  • Fevers of 102-104 °F lasting 3-4 days or extreme exhaustion with a sudden onset are likely symptoms of the flu.

If you believe you have the flu, visit SHS today.

If you believe you have a cold, try the home treatments suggested below.

Sore throat symptoms

  • Severe difficulty swallowing or breathing; drooling excessively
  • A temperature of 101 °F or higher
  • A red rash that feels like sandpaper, or increased redness in the creases in your skin
  • Pus in the back of your throat
  • Swollen tonsils

If you have any of these symptoms, visit SHS today.

If you do not have any of these symptoms, your illness is most likely viral and can be treated at home. Try the suggested home treatments below.

Runny nose

  • Is this a clear discharge that began after a head injury? If so, visit SHS today.
  • Have your symptoms lasted more than one week? If so, make an appointment with SHS.

If these symptoms don’t apply to you, your illness is most likely a viral infection and can be treated at home. Try the home treatments suggested below.

Cough symptoms

  • Violent cough that begins suddenly, without signs of a cold, in a person who might have inhaled a small object
  • Rapid breathing, difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Fever
  • A cough that produces thick, foul-smelling mucus
  • A cough that causes you to vomit

If you have any of these symptoms, visit SHS today.

If you do not have these symptoms, your cough is most likely caused by a cold or other viral infection, and can be treated at home. Try the home treatments suggested below.

Ear pain symptoms

  • A discharge from the ear
  • More than mild ear discomfort

If you have either of these symptoms, visit SHS today.

If you do not have either of these symptoms, the pain is most likely not caused by a serious infection and can be treated at home. Try the home treatments suggested below.