Respiratory Infection

Below you will find more information about Respiratory Infection from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Respiratory Infection it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Respiratory Infection and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Respiratory Infection comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Respiratory infection is more commonly known as upper respiratory infection of (URI). This is a type of infection of the head and chest caused by a virus. The nose, throat, sinuses, ears and airways are affected. This infection usually lasts a couple of weeks.

Diagnosis

The doctor evaluates the symptoms and determines if these are due to bacterial infection. Health providers may then prescribe antibiotics.

Treatment

Symptoms manifest between 1 to 3 days after a cold virus is contracted. Patients can keep well hydrated and have plenty of rest. Medication may be needed to deal with they symptoms like ibuprofen for fever, throat lozenges for sore throat, cough drops for coughs, and decongestant for stuffy nose. Physicians may also prescribe antihistamines.

Symptoms and Signs

URI may produce some of the following symptoms: scratchy or sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion, cough, watery eyes, ear congestion, slight fever, headache and loss of appetite

Causes

There are more than 200 viruses can cause. Respiratory infection spreads through sneezing, coughing, or personal contact. It is easier to get this infection if the patient is tired or stressed, not eating enough healthy food, smoking and living and working in crowded areas.

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