Respiratory tract infections can encompass any infection of the sinuses, airways, throat, or lungs. Respiratory infections can be broken down into upper respiratory infections and lower respiratory infections.
Respiratory infections can be spread through indirect contact, and can spread quickly from one person to another. To protect yourself from these infections, be sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently.
What is an Upper Respiratory Infection?
An upper respiratory infection affects the sinuses, nose, and throat. Upper respiratory tract infections include colds, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, and the flu. Common symptoms include:
What is a Lower Respiratory Infection?
A lower respiratory infection affects the airways and lungs, and can impact breathing. Common lower respiratory illnesses include the flu, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. Symptoms include:
- Cough (with or without mucus or phlegm)
- Tightness of chest
- Feeling of breathlessness
How to Treat a Respiratory Infection
Antibiotics for upper and lower respiratory infections are usually ineffective, unless the infection is caused by bacteria. Because of this, mild infections can commonly be treated at home. Over-the-counter pain medications, rest, and hydration can often ease symptoms. However, if your symptoms do not lessen, or become worse, you should visit Ultra Med Urgent Care right away, as respiratory illnesses can form into something more serious, such as pneumonia.
If you are experiencing any upper or lower respiratory infection symptoms, do not hesitate to contact Ultra Med Urgent Care as soon as possible. We will work with you to address your symptoms and create a plan to treat them.