When you feel miserable with a cold or the flu, you don’t have to go to a lab and wait for test results before getting the treatment you need. Your providers at Prima Health Clinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas, area offer fast and comprehensive testing with the BioFire® FilmArray® Respiratory Panel EZ. This comprehensive test is done in-office and it accurately identifies numerous viruses and bacteria responsible for upper respiratory infections. To schedule an appointment, call Prima Health Clinic or request a visit online.
The common cold and flu are caused by viruses that are passed through the air or by direct contact with an infected person. These viruses are highly contagious because they can survive for an hour in air droplets and on hard surfaces.
While both illnesses may cause fatigue, stuffy nose, and a cough, there are ways to tell them apart. The symptoms of a cold usually appear gradually, while the flu tends to cause sudden illness. You can also distinguish the two because, unlike a cold, influenza causes a high fever, severe and dry cough, headache, and body aches and pains.
Numerous viruses cause upper respiratory tract infections, like the cold and flu. Your provider at Prima Health Clinic needs to know exactly which virus you have before they can properly treat your illness.
Additionally, your symptoms may be due to a problem other than an upper respiratory virus. Serious conditions such as whooping cough and pneumonia also cause fever, fatigue, coughing, and a runny nose or nasal congestion.
However, other respiratory conditions are often caused by bacteria. Your provider must identify the specific bacterium before the proper medication can be prescribed.
By running the BioFire FilmArray Respiratory Panel EZ, your provider can quickly get the information needed to prescribe the best treatment.
The BioFire FilmArray Respiratory Panel EZ is conveniently done in-office and allows your provider to prescribe treatment that targets the specific virus or bacteria causing your illness.
The BioFire identifies 14 viral and bacterial pathogens that cause respiratory infections. In addition to finding multiple viruses responsible for flu, the test also identifies numerous viruses and bacteria responsible for colds and other upper respiratory infections, like pneumonia and whooping cough.
Additionally, the test detects adenoviruses and corona viruses. While both viruses cause colds and pneumonia, adenoviruses can also lead to conjunctivitis and bronchitis, while coronaviruses are responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
At the earliest signs of an upper respiratory infection, schedule an appointment by calling Prima Health Clinic or request a visit online.