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Upper Respiratory Infection

Upper Respiratory Infection Symptoms and Treatment

 

WHAT IS AN UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION?

 
Upper respiratory tract infections are often known as URIs or URTIs. Upper respiratory infections are caused by a virus that affects the upper respiratory tract. The upper respiratory tract involves areas of the nose, pharynx, larynx and the sinuses. Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses. These infections cause many different illnesses but the most common of these are:
 
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  • Sinus infections
  • Laryngitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Common Cold

 
Upper respiratory infections are the one most common cause for days that are taken off sick from work and school. They are also the most common reason for visiting your doctor.
 
Upper respiratory tract infections can happen at any given time but they are most common as the weather turns colder in fall and winter months. One of the reasons why they are most common during this time is because children and adolescents are generally kept indoors in huge groups while attending schools and colleges.
 

UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION SYMPTOMS

 
Due to the amount of different upper respiratory tract infections, symptoms can vary. However the most common upper respiratory tract infections causes symptoms such as:

  • High temperature
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffed up nose (nasal congestion)
  • Nasal discharge
  • Mucus or phlegm
  • Tightness of chest
  • Lethargy

 
These symptoms should last no longer than two weeks and some may last only a few days.
 

HOW DO YOU TREAT UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS

 
Most respiratory tract infections can be treated successfully at home without the need for medication such as antibiotics. Home treatments for all kinds of respiratory tract infections include:
 

  • Plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluid
  • Cough syrup
  • Paracetamol
  • Honey and Lemon drink

 
These treatments work to help relieve the symptoms of respiratory tract infection and not the cause. There is no cure for most respiratory tract infections.
 

SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT MY UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION

 
Most respiratory tract infections are able to be treated successfully at home without the need to see your doctor. However if you suffer any of the following symptoms then walk into one of our clinics at Pearland, Houston, Champions, The Woodlands and League City:
 

  • Symptoms keep recurring
  • Symptoms last longer than 2 weeks
  • Symptoms are severe
  • Difficulty in breathing

 
You are welcome to walk into any one of our clinics and no appointment is necessary.
 

HOW TO AVOID UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS

 
There is much that you can do to help prevent the spread of upper respiratory tract infections. Smoking is known to be a cause of many infections and so giving up smoking goes a long way to help prevent it. Other preventions include:
 

  • Washing hands after toilet and cooking
  • Washing surfaces that have been touched by infected individuals
  • Covering mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Using a tissue for sneezing and coughing
  • Stay away from others to prevent infecting others
  • Get a flue infection from one of our clinics
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    Although upper respiratory tract infections can never be cut out completely you can do a lot to help prevent infections spreading further.


 
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