A new start to a new year should mean no sickness, right? Wrong.

Unfortunately, the winter season tends to bring about a number of illnesses, including upper respiratory infections. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants to offer you tips on how to prevent and treat an upper respiratory infection this winter.

What Is an Upper Respiratory Infection?

Did you know there are more than 3 million upper respiratory infections diagnosed in the United States each year? An upper respiratory infection is a virus that affects a person’s nose, throat and airways.

An upper respiratory is contagious, which is why it is important to seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear.

Symptoms of an Upper Respiratory Infection

  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Hoarseness
  • Irritation of tonsils
  • Laryngitis
  • Loss of smell
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain in sinuses
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sinusitis
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing

How Can You Prevent an Upper Respiratory Infection?

An upper respiratory infection is an extremely contagious virus that is spread by coughs, sneezes, kissing, sharing drinks, handshakes, hugs and touching surfaces (like doorknobs) after people who are sick.

To prevent illness, particularly during winter, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and wash your hands often.

Treatment of an Upper Respiratory Infection

  • Rehydration
  • Self-care
  • Nasal washing
  • Throat lozenges
  • Cough medicine
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway is gearing up to provide quality medical services seven days a week to the community. Are you ready?