Now that the days are getting colder and colder, you’ve probably noticed how more and more people around you have begun coughing, sneezing or blowing their noses. Well that’s because it is now officially cold season!

Cold Symptoms Include:

  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy noses
  • Aggravated coughing
  • Dry nasal passage

I’m sure by now you’ve heard people say it’s a misconception that colds result from cold weather. While there’s a sliver of validity in that statement – seeing as cold weather may not directly trigger colds and/or coughs – lower temperatures do weaken your immune system.

This explains why the infection rate for colds is much higher during the fall and winter than it is during the spring and summer months.

Because of the cold weather, colds can be contracted by:

  • Dry Air – Dryness causes drier nasal passages, which increases the chance for infection
  • Closer proximity to other people – Because people are confined to the indoors during the winter, people are much closer to one another, making them more susceptible to catch a virus.

Upon reading this, your first instinct may be to contact your primary physician to tackle your cold. However, this is not the best course of action. While your primary physician should be capable of providing you with the necessary care to combat your cold and/or cough, your physician most likely doesn’t have the availability to accommodate a walk-in visit. It could take days or even weeks before your physician can squeeze you into their busy schedule.

Thankfully, AFC always accommodate walk-ins. Unlike a physician’s office, or even the perpetually-busy ER, we guarantee to meet our patients’ needs promptly with same-day treatment. We are always ready to stop your cold dead in its tracks.

So with winter approaching, make sure to visit your nearest AFC as soon as you begin to experience cold symptoms.  

Call (203) 845-9600 now to rid yourself of your pesky cold or cough.