Are Respiratory Infections Contagious?

August 1, 2018

It never fails. You are standing in line or sitting at lunch, and the person beside you lets out a cough or sneeze without covering his or her mouth. Next thing you know, you are beginning to cough and sneeze yourself. How can you fend off a respiratory infection? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah shares some insight.

What Is a Respiratory Infection?

A respiratory infection is a very common viral infection that can affect the nose, throat and airways. It is an extremely contagious infection that can be spread from person to person through sneezing and coughing.

Symptoms of a Respiratory Infection

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing

How Long Does a Respiratory Infection Last?

Usually a respiratory infection will last between three and 14 days. However, if symptoms continue past 14 days, you could be suffering from a more serious condition, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. A doctor can help diagnose the cause of your symptoms and get you on the path to feeling better. You can also take steps to help ease your symptoms at home.

At-home Treatment for Respiratory Infections

  • Cough medicine
  • Nasal spray
  • Fluids
  • Rest
  • Throat lozenges

Don’t spread your respiratory infection around! Instead, stop by AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah so that you can get the medical treatment you need.


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