What Is a Respiratory Infection?

Millions of respiratory infections are diagnosed in the United States each year. As soon as the symptoms begin to appear, the only thing you can probably think about is finding relief as soon as possible.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants you to start finding relief from an upper respiratory infection sooner rather than later, which is why we want to shed some light on what a respiratory infection is and how to recover.

How Do I Know If I Have a Respiratory Infection?

A respiratory infection occurs when a virus affects the nose, throat and airways.

Because respiratory infections are extremely contagious, it is important to make sure you wash your hands regularly, as well as cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.

Respiratory Infection Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of smell
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sinus pain
  • Sneezing
  • Throat irritation
  • Wheezing

How Long Will My Respiratory Infection Last?

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a respiratory infection can last between seven and 10 days. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse after treatment, it might be time for another medical visit to ensure a more serious condition didn’t set in, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

Respiratory Infection Treatment

  • Cough medicine
  • Nasal washing
  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest
  • Hydration
  • Throat lozenges

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a respiratory infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Fountain City for a diagnosis and treatment plan.