Upper Respiratory Infections

What are Upper Respiratory Infections?

An upper respiratory infection refers to when any the upper respiratory tract — which includes the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, and larynx — becomes infected.

What causes Upper Respiratory Infections?

Upper respiratory infections are usually caused by a virus of bacteria attacking the mucus membrane of the upper airway.

How are Upper Respiratory Infections treated?

Viral upper respiratory infections are self-limited, and can best be treated during the infection with rest, liquid intake, and common medication such as acetominophen, ibuprofen, and antihistamines.

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