Fox 2 News recently spoke with Dr. Mollie Spire of Total Access Urgent Care of St. Charles about how to best handle contagious illnesses and know when it is safe to return to work or school.
Dr. Spire admitted, it is not always easy to know when to go back, particularly given the fact that isolation from school or work is difficult for more than a few days. The contagion, however, is often at its peak during the first two to three days. For fevers, Dr. Spire recommended a person be able to function without use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 24 hours before returning to work.
Influenza requires even more caution as the illness can be contagious for one week.
The best means of protecting others when you are sick is to practice good hygiene. Proper hand-washing, refraining from sharing eating or drinking utensils, and sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or elbow rather than your hand will prevent the spread of illness.
If you are experiencing an illness, you should be seen by a board certified, emergency medicine doctor on duty at Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC) with no appointment needed. TAUC is open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week with extended hours at the Webster Groves/Rock Hill location from 6am-10pm. Call 314-656-7899 or go to www.TAUC.com to learn more.