Respiratory Infections Treatment in Boiling Springs, SC
Are you currently experiencing a respiratory infection? Come to AFC Urgent Care, where our trained and professional staff can help develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Take a deep breath and call today for more information or schedule an appointment online.
Breathing is the most important vital function of our bodies. Only a few minutes without air can be fatal, so having difficulty breathing can be very frightening. But have no fear, UFC Urgent Care is here! We can help you with all of your respiratory needs and concerns.
How long does a respiratory infection last?
The symptoms of upper respiratory infections usually last between 3-14 days. If symptoms last longer than 14 days, an alternative diagnosis can be considered such as sinusitis, allergies, pneumonia, or bronchitis.
Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, because URIs are usually caused by viruses, antibiotics are not an effective treatment. Fortunately, there are many options that help alleviate symptoms when used as directed.
Nasal congestion, post nasal dripping, or sinus pressure:
- To reduce nasal and sinus congestion, use an oral decongestant, such as pseudoephedrine. Decongestants are available at pharmacies. Decongestants should not be used by individuals with certain medical conditions.
- Use a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Gargle with salt water (1/4 tsp of salt dissolved in 8 oz of warm water). Salt water can be used as often as you like.
- Coughing often occurs during the later stages of an upper respiratory infection. Coughs may be dry or produce phlegm or mucus. Medications that contain dextromethorphan (e.g., Robitussin DM, Mucinex DM, Delsym) may help to suppress a cough. When taken regularly, tea with honey can soothe a sore throat and help suppress a cough.
Take care with medications:
- Be familiar with the individual ingredients in every medication you take, so you treat your symptoms appropriately. Watch for ingredient overlaps between products, especially acetaminophen, ibuprofen, pseudoephedrine. It can be easy to accidentally take too much of these ingredients when trying to treat a cough or other symptoms.
Strengthen your immune system:
- Make sure you eat a healthy, balanced variety of foods and avoid alcohol as it can directly suppress various immune responses.
What is the most common respiratory infection?
There are about 200 viruses known to cause disease in humans. Our respiratory system is especially vulnerable to certain viruses that can cause a cold, flu, and other illnesses. Viruses are the smallest microorganism that can affect our cells and cause disease or illness.
A respiratory viral infection refers to a virus that specifically targets either of the upper or lower respiratory tracts, or both. The usual means of the contraction of a respiratory viral infection is through the mouth or nose via respiratory droplets, which are microscopic drops mostly made of water and produced when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. The viruses in these droplets are generally thought to be contagious if you’re within 6 feet of the person who produces them. Viruses in droplets can live on surfaces for several hours, and you can get sick from touching those surfaces.
There are many types of viruses that can lead to a respiratory viral infection. Some of the most common include:
- COVID-19, which is technically known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2
What causes respiratory infections?
Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses. Secondary infection (“superinfection") by bacteria is rather rare. Respiratory infections are transmitted via:
- smear infections or
- droplet infections (more frequently)
If you do not hold your hand or your sleeve in front of your mouth when coughing or sneezing, you increase the risk of infection for people around you.
It is not possible to prevent respiratory infections completely. You may, however, minimize the risk of an infection. Everyday hygiene plays an important role in this respect, such as:
- washing your hands on a regular basis
- trying not to touch your face, especially in public
- regularly cleaning objects, which are often touched in the workplace and at home (such as door handles, keyboards, phones, remote controls…)
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty breathing, contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!