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Persistent Cough? It Could Be An Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

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Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections or URTIs cover a range of acute infections that affect the upper respiratory tract.

The most common form of upper respiratory tract infection is the common cold.[1]

URTIs cover a range of infections such as
• Common cold
• Laryngitis
• Sinusitis
• Nasal obstructions
• Otitis media

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections are contagious and spread from person to person. Most URTIs result in cough that causes the germs to travel to other people. Places that have people in close proximity to each other see a higher level of contagion.

Symptoms

  • Self-diagnosable
  • One of the most common signs of a URTI is the inflammation of the mucous membranes in the upper respiratory tract. A runny nose or the production of phlegm can also be a sign of a URTI.
  • People may experience:
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing

Treatment

Self-care: Keep yourself warm and gargle with hot salt-water twice a day. Drink only hot water through the day. If you have a cold, be sure to have lot of liquids.

Medications: Doctors might recommend a range of medications to help combat the URTI. Nasal decompressions and cough suppressants will remove the more tiring symptoms. Vitamin C supplements will also boost the immune system. Analgesics will address fever and any aches. In case of a serious infection, the doctor will recommend antibiotics.

Specialists: Your doctor might recommend that you visit a pulmonologist if you are having trouble breathing. Consult the most qualified specialists from the comfort of your home with mfine.

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