Illness Exam in Fort Worth, TX

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What is an Illness Exam?

There are a number of infectious illnesses which may require medication for treatment and recovery. These illnesses, such as the flu, mono, strep, RSV, and HIV should be professionally diagnosed following a medical evaluation and testing. University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX provides such testing. Serving the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods, our ER doctors and nurse practitioners treat these types of conditions in our state-of-the-art facility. Using our advanced onsite laboratory, we can often diagnose an illness in as little as 15 minutes, expediting your treatment and fast-tracking your recovery. For illness testing, stop by University Urgent Care today.

What STDs, viruses, and bacteria infections do we test for?

A severely contagious viral respiratory illness, the flu progresses quickly and acutely. Initially, symptoms may seem similar to those of a common cold, but progress to include a sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever, congestion, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Strep throat:
A bacterial infection, strep affects the throat and tonsils. Symptoms include a sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, red or swollen tonsils, abdominal pain, and headache.

Short for mononucleosis, mono is viral, causing symptoms that can last for several weeks especially in children and teenagers. These include fever, sore throat, headache, swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes, rash, and a swollen spleen.

RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus and mainly affects young children. The most common symptoms are fever, runny nose, and a cough that leads to wheezing within 3 days.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the T-cells, leaving the body incapable of fighting off disease. Initially, those who have contracted HIV experience flu-like symptoms, but after these go away, there are usually no more symptoms. If left untreated, HIV can develop into AIDS. 

Why is it important to get an illness exam?

The illnesses above share a few commonalities. One is that all of these illnesses can cause serious and severe health declines when left untreated. Also, the conditions share symptoms but range in severity from treatable to life threatening. Any time you are experiencing symptoms that you believe could be the result of the flu, HIV, mono, strep throat or RSV, it is important that you seek the proper diagnosis.

RSV, the flu, strep throat, and mono are not extraordinarily dangerous in healthy individuals, but in the immunocompromised, infants, and the elderly, the conditions can be deadly. In addition, HIV can lead to AIDS if left untreated. If you believe you may have been exposed to HIV, it is important that you undergo testing as soon as possible.

What to Expect during an illness test

After a brief examination and medical history review, our physicians will perform an illness test. There are two different forms of illness testing to determine the cause of your condition: swabbing the throat or mucus membranes, and blood draw. Both conclusively determine diagnosis in as little as minutes in our onsite laboratory. For the flu, RSV, and strep, a swab of the mucus membranes in the nose or throat will produce enough of a sample for a diagnosis. For HIV and mono, a blood sample is most typically the chosen test method. Our laboratory is equipped with comprehensive, advanced digital technology, often able to produce results within minutes, assisting us in expediting your treatment. 

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As mentioned above, the flu, RSV, strep, and mono can all be potentially dangerous illnesses in certain circumstances. If you or your children are suffering from symptoms that could implicate one of these, you should seek a diagnosis. University Urgent Care can help with testing and more. With compassionate medical professionals, an advanced facility, and private exams rooms, we are equipped to diagnose and treat your illness today.

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