Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

Upper respiratory infection facts

  • Upper respiratory infections are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits.
  • Upper respiratory infections are the most common illness resulting in missed work or school.
  • Upper respiratory infections can happen at any time, but are most common in the fall and winter.
  • The vast majority of upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and are self-limited.
  • Symptoms of upper respiratory infection include
  • Antibiotics are rarely needed to treat upper respiratory infections and generally should be avoided, unless the doctor suspects a bacterial infection.
  • Simple techniques, such as, proper hand washing and covering face while coughing or sneezing, may reduce the spread of upper respiratory infections.
  • General outlook for upper respiratory infections is favorable, although, sometimes complication can occur. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 7/17/2015
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