What Can You Take to Help Respiratory Infections?

Lung Issues

You made a new year resolution to keep yourself healthy, active and strong. You were eating right. You were exercising outside (when it wasn’t too cold in the Hixson area) or at the local gym most days of the week. You were feeling good and staying on track.

Then, all of a sudden, boom! You are hit with a respiratory infection that has you down for the count. Isn’t that how it always goes?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care of Hixson, TN doesn’t want you to get off track with your healthy goals, which is why we are offering tips on how to recover from your respiratory infection as soon as possible in order to return to living your healthiest life.

What Is a Respiratory Infection?

A respiratory infection occurs when a virus infects the nose, throat and/or airways. Because respiratory infections are extremely contagious, it is important for people to wash their hands regularly, as well as cover their mouth and nose when sneezing and/or coughing. Using hand sanitizer can also help but is not as effective as warm water and soap.

Symptoms of a Respiratory Infection

  • Wheezing
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus infection
  • Nasal congestion
  • Loss of smell
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngitis

When Should You See an AFC Physician?

A typical cold is one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit. However, with viral infections, getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids are the best things you can do until the symptoms pass.

However,  if your symptoms haven’t gone away or have worsened after a few days, you should seek medical attention to ensure you don’t have a more serious medical condition.

Treatment for a Respiratory Infection

  • Hydration
  • Rest
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Steam inhalation
  • Gargling with salt water
  • Acetaminophen and NSAIDs
  • Throat lozenges

Are you experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care of Hixson, TN today so you can start feeling relief from symptoms as soon as possible!