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Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Symptoms and Treatment


An infection cause in the upper airway of the body is called upper respiratory tract infection. It includes common cold.
Upper respiratory tract infections are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. [1]
-Self Diagnosable
- Short term: Resolves within a week or two
-Imaging not required
-is curable; no treatment is usually required
Common cold is usually spread through sneezes and cough of a person already suffering from it. Common cold, sinus infection, tonsillitis are types of upper Respiratory tract infection. There can be several families of virus causing upper Respiratory tract infection. Contact with person who has infection directly or cia objects like table can also spread the infection.
Children and old people are more likely to be affected by Upper Respiratory Tract infection due to their weak immune system.


Self Diagnosable
Symptoms include runny nose, fever, scratchy throat or sore throat, headaches, muscle aches, breathlessness, nasal breathing and a general feeling of being unwell.


Self Care: One should take plenty of rest, drink lots of water, drink hot lemon and honey tea, gargle with warm and salty water, inhale steam of hot water from a bowl and use extra pillows while sleeping to raise your head up.
Medication: Upper Respiratory Tract infection rarely needs much medication. The doctor may prescribe some antibiotics.
Specialist: It is always recommended to go to a specialist. At mfiine you will receive a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.

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