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Respiratory Infection Specialist

Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc -  - Family Practice

Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc

Family Practice & Internal Medicine located in Valley Village, CA

If you’re coughing, sneezing, or sniffling, you may have a respiratory infection. Respiratory infections interfere with your ability to breathe easily, and you may have symptoms like a sore throat and fever. Visit Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc in Valley Village, California, for respiratory infection treatment. The urgent care team can diagnose and treat a variety of respiratory infections to help you start feeling better. Walk into the clinic, call, or schedule an appointment online today.

Respiratory Infection Q & A

What is a respiratory infection?

Respiratory infections are bacterial or viral infections that develop in the respiratory system, including the lungs and nose. Most respiratory infections are in either the upper or lower respiratory tract. 

The upper respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses in your face, along with the pharynx and larynx at the top of your throat. The lower respiratory tract includes the windpipe, or trachea, bronchial tubes, and lungs.  

Upper respiratory infections are typically viruses and include conditions like the common cold or influenza (the flu). Lower respiratory infections are often much more serious conditions than upper respiratory infections and include bronchitis and pneumonia.  

What are the symptoms of a respiratory infection?

Most upper respiratory infections have mild symptoms that appear four to six days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Mild headache

Lower respiratory infections can develop when the infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract. Symptoms of lower respiratory infections are more serious and require medical care. Common symptoms of lower respiratory infections are:

  • Fever
  • Wet cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Body aches

If you or a loved one has a fever above 103 degrees, difficulty breathing, or bluish color to the skin, see a doctor as soon as possible. 

How are respiratory infections treated?

If your respiratory infection is a virus, the Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc team recommend a treatment plan of self-care measures that include:

  • Rest
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers or decongestants
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Using saline nasal drops 

Respiratory infections can last between three and 14 days. With the care tips above, you can make yourself more comfortable as your body fights the infection.

Serious respiratory infections may require antibiotics or hospitalization. If you have a bacterial infection, like bacteria pneumonia, your practitioner may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the condition. 

How can I prevent respiratory infections?

The best way to prevent respiratory infections is to protect yourself and your family from exposure to the bacteria and viruses that can cause infection. Wash your hands regularly and make sure kitchens, bathrooms, and children’s toys are kept clean. Avoid being around people who are sick and don’t share drinking glasses or food with others. 

Everyone over the age of six months should get a seasonal flu shot every year at Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc. Getting a flu shot helps prevent the spread of the flu during the winter months and helps keep you and your family healthy. It can also help you avoid a respiratory infection the flu may cause.

Studio City Urgent Care and Medical Center, Inc is here to help you fight the common cold, flu, and more. If you think you have a respiratory infection, call, walk-in, or make an appointment online for treatment today.