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Upper respiratory infections

A runny nose, dry cough, sneezing and stuffiness are all signs of a common condition called an upper respiratory infection. Most upper respiratory infections are caused by a virus, but bacteria can also be the cause. These infections may include the common cold or influenza (flu).

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Things you should know before your visit

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care provider:
● Severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing● Severe chest pain, or pressure or pain radiating to your jaw, neck or arm● Cough lasting more than 3 weeks

What to expect at your visit

● We will review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, examination and provide a personalized treatment plan for you.● You may need testing. Please note that additional charges apply for these tests. ● At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.

What causes upper respiratory infections?

Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses. A few are triggered by bacteria or fungi, but these types of infection aren't common. Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and whooping cough (pertussis) are usually considered upper respiratory infections because they affect breathing passages.

What are the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?

Usually involve several common cold symptoms like:● Sore throat● Headache● General malaise● Cough

How to treat upper respiratory infections?

Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are divided into sinusitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis. Treatment of the different forms of URI mainly consists of symptomatic treatment to cure the disease faster. On top of that patients should keep up their fluid intake, rest and stay warm in order to get rid off the infection