Respiratory Illness Resources

Our campus and surrounding area is experiencing a higher volume of non-COVID respiratory illness. This is having an impact on the amount of same-day appointments that Student Health Service is able to see. 

Viral upper respiratory infections are among the most common infections seen at Student Health. The typical symptoms are nasal congestion and drainage, sneezing, sore throat, cough, low-grade fever (< 100 F), headache, and fatigue. Because these illnesses are caused by viruses, antibiotics are not helpful for treatment. The symptoms typically will go away on their own after 7-10 days. Over-the-counter medications are helpful in managing these symptoms. Please remember to wash your hands frequently, sneeze or cough into your elbow. 

Students who experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, wheezing, high fevers that fail to respond to fever meds (>102), or severe headaches should walk-in to Student Health Service or contact one of the providers listed below for immediate evaluation.

  • OTC Medication for Respiratory Illness
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve) are helpful for fever, achiness, sore throat, and headaches
    • Guaifenesin (Robitussin, Mucinex) is helpful for cough and nasal congestion
    • Dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM, Mucinex DM, Delsym) for cough
    • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) for nasal congestion and sinus pressure
    • Oxymetazoline (Afrin) topical nasal spray for nasal congestion (should only be used for 3-4 days). 

Off Campus Providers

Always call 911 in a medical emergency

Novant GoHealth Urgent Care – Silas Creek (2.1 mi)

  • 336.443.9910
  • 2452 Fairlawn Court, Winston Salem, NC 27106

Bethany Medical Urgent Care (2.2 mi)

  • 336.864.2612
  • 5093 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Novant GoHealth Urgent Care – West Highland (4.5 mi)

  • 336.310.5535
  • 50 Miller St, Ste C, Winston Salem, NC 27104

FastMed Urgent Care — Stratford (4.9 mi)

  • 336.714.5399
  • 310 S Stratford Rd, Suite 120, Winston Salem, NC 27103

Novant GoHealth Urgent Care – Hanes Square (7.1 mi)

  • 336.441.5569
  • 105 Hanes Square Cir, Winston Salem, NC 27103

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