Flu and upper respiratory infections (URIs)
Caused by common viral infections, the flu and URIs affect the nose, throat, and airways. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fatigue, fever/chills, and muscle or body aches. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk. With the flu, your cough may produce yellow mucus, which is the normal progression of the virus. If you have a fever or nausea, we advise you to make a virtual appointment now.
Please note, if your flu symptoms are accompanied by nausea, diarrhea, or the loss of your sense of smell and taste, we advise you to make a virtual appointment. Our providers can arrange COVID-19 testing, if needed.
Allergens such as grass and tree pollen, mold, pet dander, and other environmental allergens can irritate the lining of your nose and cause postnasal drip. That drip creates a tickle in the throat that leads to coughing. You may also experience sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. You can treat most seasonal allergies with over-the-counter medications. Chronic allergies usually require a doctor's care and can be treated by BJC Virtual Care.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection with symptoms that include a sore or scratchy throat, which may cause coughing. It is most common in children but can also affect adults. With strep throat, you may notice red, swollen tonsils with white patches and tiny red spots on the back roof of the mouth. You may also experience fever, headaches, body aches, and skin rash, as well as nausea and vomiting. It can be diagnosed with a simple test by swabbing the throat and treated with antibiotics, which requires an in-person visit to a BJC Convenient Care or your primary care provider.