Upper Respiratory Infection?

What is an upper respiratory infection?

An upper respiratory infection is an infection of any of the components of the upper airway system. These components include the sinuses, nasal passage, larynx and pharynx. An upper respiratory infection is actually the combination of any infections within these components and these infections can be named separately. Some of these infections include:

  • Rhinitis: causes inflammation of the nasal passage
  • Sinus Infection: causes inflammation of the sinuses
  • Cold: causes inflammation of the nares, pharynx, uvula, and tonsils
  • Pharyngitis: causes inflammation of the pharynx, uvula, and tonsils

An upper respiratory infection is any combination of the above infections as well as a few others. URTI are those most common reasons for a doctor's visit which means are staff is well trained in handling them.

Woman suffering from upper respiratory congestion

I think I have an upper respiratory infection. What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Sore throat

While treatment isn’t always needed in upper respiratory infections, you should see a doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms for more than a week. And don’t worry about making an appointment.

Just walk in to UrgENT and our physicians will have you on your way to feeling better in no time.

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