Cold and Flu Treatment and Testing

Symptoms of the flu and the common cold can be very similar. But it's important to know the differences between the two, as the flu can lead to serious complications.

ContinuEM Urgent Care in Lakewood offers flu testing for accurate results so you can get proper treatment right away, if needed.

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Diagnosing Cold and Flu Symptoms

Colds and flu can share many of the same symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses and there are some key differences.

Common Flu Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

Onset of Symptoms:

Flu symptoms usually come on quickly and tend to be more severe than a cold. You may feel very tired and fatigued.

Did you know?

Fever and chills are more common with the flu.

Common Cold Symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Fatigue

Onset of Symptoms:

Colds have a more gradual onset of symptoms than the flu and tend to be more mild. You can have fever, chills, fatigue, and headache. But those are less common with a cold and more common with the flu.

Did you know?

You are most likely to have a stuffy or runny nose when you have a cold.

When Should I See A Doctor About A Cold?

The acute symptoms of a cold typically last 7-10 days. While most colds are mild and can be treated at home, there are some instances where you should see a doctor:

  • If your symptoms are strong from the beginning and don’t seem to be improving.
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days or seem to be worsening.
  • Fever/chills that last for more than a few days.
  • If you have pain or tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, or pain when breathing, see a doctor right away as this could be a sign of pneumonia.

You know your body best and if something feels different from when you normally get sick, trust your gut and see a doctor in person or virtually.

Should I Get A Flu Shot?

When it comes to the flu, prevention is key. The single best way to avoid getting the flu is to make sure you get your flu shot. Flu season typically runs between fall and winter. To maximize your protection, it’s best to get your flu shot at the beginning of each flu season. The CDC recommends everyone aged 6 months and older get an annual flu shot. There are rare exceptions, so talk to a doctor if you have concerns.

Getting your annual flu shot is the best way to protect you and your loved ones during flu season.

Make an appointment today to get your flu shot at ContinuEM - we'll make it as easy as possible.

Urgent Care FAQs

  • Can I use ContinuEM during a life-threatening emergency?

    No. Call 911. ContinuEM can handle 90% of what usually gets handled at a typical ER. In the event you need to go to the ER, we will help you coordinate the next steps.

    #1 Alternative to Long Beach Urgent Care

  • What can you treat at ContinuEM?

    • Stomach aches, vomiting, & diarrhea
    • Foreign objects in the body
    • Skin infections & rash
    • Headache
    • Back pain
    • Contusions and lacerations
    • Upper respiratory infection
    • Shortness of breath
    • Broken bones & sprains
    • Toothaches & gum problems
    • Chest pain & palpitations
    • Leg symptoms
    • Weakness & dehydration
    • Urinary symptoms
    • Allergic reaction
    • Ear pain
    • Gynecologic complaints

  • How do you work with my current primary care physician?

    We don’t replace your existing doctors. We work closely with them and keep them in the loop the entire time, ensuring that your care is comprehensive and coordinated.

  • If I need a prescription refill, can you assist?

    Always. (Except for narcotics)

  • What's the difference between ContinuEM and an Urgent Care?

    Unlike urgent care clinics, ContinuEM facilities have greater capabilities such as CT, MRI, advanced IV medication and an on-site laboratory.

  • What types of COVID tests do you offer?

    We offer both Nasopharyngeal (NP) PCR and Oropharyngeal (OP) PCR tests.

    Nasopharyngeal (NP) PCR swabs are a nasal swab test and can offer results in as little as 30 minutes.

    Oropharyngeal (OP) PCR swabs are taken from the back of the mouth and throat and offer results in 12-48 hours

We’ve Got You Covered

Our goal is to provide urgent medical care to anyone in the area in their time of need at a cost that is right for them.

Insurance & Pricing

We accept: most HMO and PPO plans - Medicare - cash payment options

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We welcome you to come in for a visit, schedule your visit online or set up a Virtual Visit with us. Our staff is also available to answer any questions you might have.

Monday - Friday

8 AM - 11 PM

(last check-in at 10:30 PM)

Special Hours Hours May Vary

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Saturday & Sunday

10 AM - 6 PM

(last check-in at 5:30 PM)

6430 South Street,
Lakewood, CA 90713
(562) 731-3990

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