A respiratory illness like sinusitis can be pretty difficult for a child to deal with, and an illness like pneumonia can be especially serious for seniors. Adults can also struggle with respiratory illnesses. If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a respiratory illness, then it’s definitely important to seek treatment, and you can do so here at Town Center Family Practice. We’re your local provider of respiratory illness treatments in Orange City, FL.
Respiratory infection causes
There are different types of respiratory infections, including lower and upper infections, so there are different causes. For example, sinusitis is a type of respiratory infection, and it can actually have a number of different causes, such as a virus. Some other respiratory infections are caused by bacteria, and they require different treatments than viral infections. It’s important to receive proper diagnosis before beginning any kind of treatment.
Lower + upper respiratory infection symptoms + causes
It’s not hard to confuse the symptoms of a respiratory infection with those of other conditions like the flu, so proper diagnosis really is important. Typically, the symptoms of a respiratory infection include runny nose, cough, congestion, sore throat, fatigue, and/or body aches. However, you might also experience chills, difficulty breathing, dizziness, a fever higher than 103 degrees, and/or loss of consciousness. These symptoms and issues absolutely require professional attention.
The common causes of lower respiratory infections tend to be bronchitis, pneumonia, and bronchiolitis, while the common causes of upper infections are viruses, acute pharyngitis, acute ear infection, and the common cold. All these conditions require different treatments, and some conditions can be especially serious, such as pneumonia in seniors, so if you believe you or a loved one could have a respiratory infection, seek professional medical treatment.
Is upper respiratory infection contagious?
Most often, yes, upper respiratory infection is contagious and caused by a virus. It can spread via coughing or sneezing if a person inhales respiratory droplets that contain the virus. It can also spread via an object that has been exposed to the virus if a person touches the object and then touches his or her nose or mouth, or touches the object directly to the mouth. Because viral infections can spread so quickly within a household or even a classroom, it’s important to address them quickly.
How long do upper respiratory infections last?
It’s common for the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection to last up to two weeks, but they might not even last for any more than three days. Sometimes symptoms of respiratory illnesses like sinusitis or allergies can last longer than two weeks. With proper treatment, however, the symptoms of a respiratory illness can be eased and recovery can be sped up. Various medications, such as nasal decongestants or NSAIDs, can help. Here at Town Center Family Practice, we can treat respiratory illnesses, including conditions like asthma, provide immunizations (like flu shots) which can help, and refer patients for X-rays if they require advanced diagnosis.
Do you provide respiratory illness treatments in Orange City, FL?
Yes, we do. Town Center Family Practice can help with common, non-life-threatening respiratory illnesses, so you can come see us if your symptoms are mild and you require treatment. We can see anyone else in your family too, ages 18 and up. Our clinic is located over at 1043 Town Center Dr, Orange City, FL 32763, and you can reach us at (386) 200-9582 for any reason, including to book an appointment with us. Alternatively, you can book your appointment with us online.
We hope to hear from you soon and help you with your health here at Town Center Family Practice in Orange City!