Have you ever gone into work, heard coughing and sniffling, and realized that a coworker is sick? Worse yet, that coworker is sitting only a couple desks away, and it’s quite possible that their cough is contagious! The team of highly trained and experienced providers at AFC Urgent Care/Family Care walk-in clinics in Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Hixson want to help keep you healthy and at work.   While many sore throats and other similar illness can be caused by something as simple as dry air or seasonal allergies, that cough you hear in the office could also be the direct result of a contagious viral infection. So what are the symptoms of a viral infection? In addition to a runny nose, sneezing, or cough, a viral-born sore throat can frequently involve fatigue, irritation, pain, and itchiness, all of which make it more difficult to swallow. While allergies can strike anyone, certain demographics are more susceptible to viral-born sore throats. Those more likely to become afflicted include children, smokers, and those whose immune systems are otherwise weakened.   “Our health care team is dedicated to helping you stay well, so that you can carry on your day-to-day life,” said Dr. Todd Rudolph, Medical Director with AFC Urgent Care/Family Care of East Tennessee. “Whether it’s a sore throat, cold, or seasonal allergies, the team of physicians at AFC Urgent Care/Family Care is here to help educate, prevent, and treat your illnesses.” If you believe you need treatment, or you would like to learn more about how to avoid workplace illnesses, please visit one of our convenient AFC Urgent Care/Family Care walk-in clinics in Hixson, Cleveland, or Chattanooga.]]>