Respiratory Infection – Causes And Treatments
Over 3 million respiratory infections are diagnosed in the United States each year—making it a very common illness we deal with across the country. With higher than average rates of pollen, Hixson and surrounding areas definitely has more than its share of respiratory illness and infection!
These respiratory infections can range from just plain annoying to serious enough to keep kids home from school and adults out of work. In some cases it can become serious enough to warrant a hospital stay, especially in young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
It’s very important to make certain sure you are doing what you can to help stop a respiratory infection in its tracks; for you and your family.
What Is a Respiratory Infection?
A respiratory infection occurs when any of the components of the respiratory tract, including the nasal passages, sinuses, pharynx and larynx, become infected. While some infections can be mild, a severe infection can cause considerable problems for the infected individual. An infection can lead to a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe:
Common Symptoms of a Respiratory Infection
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
Is a Respiratory Infection Contagious?
Yes. A respiratory infection is contagious and can be easily spread from person to person. It’s important to take the proper precautions to keep your loved ones around you free from sickness if you have been diagnosed with a respiratory infection.
Prevent the Spread of Germs
If you know or suspect that you or a loved one may have a respiratory infection, follow these guidelines to help prevent the spread of germs and sickness.
- Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue.
- Avoid sharing cups or cutlery when eating and drinking.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Keep household surfaces clean and disinfected.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Wash any clothing or bedding used by an infected person.
If you suspect you may have a respiratory infection or some other illness, AFC Urgent Care Hixson is here to help. We can get you back to feeling your best! Stop by our urgent care center today for help finding relief from your respiratory infection.
AFC Urgent Care Hixson accepts a variety of insurance plans and offers a self-pay option for individuals without insurance.