The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
Antiviral medications are normally used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time of sickness by 1 or 2 days, and can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia. Your Alpha Provider will not prescribe antibiotics for viral infections like the common cold, and may refer you to an in-person clinical visit if they are concerned that you may have conditions like strep throat or pneumonia. Please note that the one-time medical fee is non-refundable.
Suffering from a cold or the flu? Alpha Providers can help.
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Answer questions about your health condition online.
A medical provider will review your responses and send a treatment plan within 24 hours (8 hours for urgent care).
Any medications or prescriptions will be sent to your nearest pharmacy for pick up.
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