While one of the most common reasons for doctor visits, upper respiratory infections are often confused for something less severe since symptoms mirror many different illnesses. Upper respiratory infection is also the illness that causes the most people to miss school or work. But by identifying the symptoms early and receiving treatment in a timely manner, you can minimize the amount of time you’re sick and can get back to your daily routine in no time.
- Nasal discharge and congestion
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Nasal breathing
In most cases, upper respiratory infections are contagious and can be spread when one person inhales fluids that are in the air from an infected person coughing or sneezing. The infection can also be spread when someone touches the nose or mouth of someone with the virus.
If you have symptoms similar to those above, it is important to get plenty of rest and limit exercise and other physical activities. You should also make sure you’re staying hydrated. Depending on which symptoms are most severe, you may benefit from an antihistamine, cough medicine, a decongestant or steroids. A doctor will be able to determine which medication is best for you.
When To Seek Medical Care
While some people are able to recover fully without ever seeking medical care, many begin to experience a worsening of symptoms and have to see a doctor. If your symptoms last more than two weeks, become worse, you experience difficulty breathing, have difficulty swallowing or believe your infection has become chronic you should seek medical care.
If you’re suffering from symptoms that mirror an upper respiratory infection, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.