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Upper Respiratory Infections

Upper respiratory infections (URIs), also known as the common cold or the flu, are infections that affect the upper respiratory tract. The upper respiratory tract includes the nose, sinuses, throat, and the air passages leading to the lungs. URIs are typically caused by various viruses, although bacteria can also be responsible.

Common Causes of Upper Respiratory Infections

  1. Rhinoviruses: Most common cause of the common cold.

  2. Influenza Virus: Causes seasonal flu outbreaks.

  3. Coronaviruses: Various strains can cause mild to severe respiratory illnesses.

  4. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants and young children.

Symptoms of Upper Respiratory Infections

Symptoms of upper respiratory infections can vary based on the specific virus causing the infection, but commonly include:

  1. Nasal Congestion: Stuffy or runny nose due to inflamed nasal passages.

  2. Sneezing: Frequent and forceful release of air through the nose and mouth.

  3. Sore Throat: Pain or irritation in the throat, making swallowing uncomfortable.

  4. Coughing: Dry or productive cough, often accompanied by chest discomfort.

  5. Headache: Mild to moderate headaches, typically due to sinus pressure or inflammation.

  6. Fatigue: Feeling tired, lethargic, or experiencing a lack of energy.

  7. Fever: Low-grade fever is common, especially in the case of influenza or more severe infections.

  8. Watery Eyes: Excessive tearing or irritation in the eyes.

  9. Ear Congestion: A feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears.

Seeking Treatment at Southern Wellness and Skin Center

At SWSC, we understand the impact upper respiratory infections can have on your daily life. Our experienced healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing personalized care and effective management for upper respiratory infections.

We offer thorough evaluations, accurate diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment plans to alleviate symptoms and address the underlying causes of upper respiratory infections. Our goal is to help you recover and regain optimal respiratory health.

If you suspect an upper respiratory infection or are experiencing symptoms associated with URIs, contact SWSC to schedule a consultation. Our team is committed to providing you with the best care for your respiratory health.


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Beckley, WV 25801

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