Urgent Care: What to Know About Respiratory Tract Infections

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Infections of the sinuses, throat, airways, or lungs are known as RTIs. This is the most common type of viral infection. Lower respiratory tract infections affect the chest, whereas upper respiratory tract infections affect the area between the neck and the shoulder blades.

Read on about respiratory tract infections (RTIs) and why pediatric urgent care is necessary for this medical condition.

Understanding Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)

With a URI, the nose, sinuses, and throat are all affected. Many youngsters acquire upper respiratory infections as a result of a lack of immunity to common virus strains. Colds, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, and influenza are examples of upper respiratory disorders. These are demonstrated through flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, and headaches.

Understanding Lower Respiratory Infection (LRI)

Lower respiratory infections have an impact on the lungs and airways. Influenza, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, and acute otitis media  (ear infections) are all examples of LRIs.

A lower respiratory tract infection (RTI) usually causes a cough that produces mucus. Along with that, you may also notice chest pain, wheezing, fast breathing, or fatigue.

Infections in the Lungs: The Causes

Infections in the lungs spread quickly. When you cough or sneeze, microscopic droplets of virus-infected fluid are released into the air. Infection can then spread through these droplets. Coughing or sneezing into your elbow can help prevent the spread of these particles.

Respiratory tract infections can also be transmitted through indirect contact with a virus-infected individual, such as touching a surface or object. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water to avoid contamination.

Urgent Care and Treatment for RTIs in Children

According to a National Institutes of Health statistical brief, upper respiratory infections are the leading cause of same-day urgent treatment for children. Some go to the emergency room when their breathing becomes difficult.

Upper respiratory infections, such as colds or flu, can cause your child to develop a fever or difficulty breathing. It is recommended that infants under the age of two months seek medical attention if they have a fever of more than 100 degrees. An emergency department suction clinic helps infants and their parents breathe easier by measuring their respiration and removing mucus.

If troubling or worsening symptoms have developed in the last few days or weeks, get immediate medical attention.

Treatment for Upper Respiratory Infection  (URI)

Because antibiotics are most effective against bacteria, URIs are frequently treated with rest, water, and over-the-counter medications. Bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and pneumonia are all conditions that can aggravate symptoms.

If your child’s fever, cough, or facial pain worsens, get medical attention. Secondary infections are common 7-10 days after the URI.

Additionally, viruses make you more susceptible to bacterial infections. This is usually an ear infection or pneumonia in children.

Keep in mind that teething can cause fever in infants. Furthermore, if one member of your household has strep, you do not need to be tested on a regular basis.

Infections in the Lungs: The Symptoms

Untreated respiratory infections can progress to the lungs, affecting the entire respiratory system. Lung diseases are highly contagious and spread quickly. They are especially harmful to children, the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

The following are some of the symptoms of a lung infection:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Mucus with a vibrant color
  • Discomfort or pressure in the chest (not caused by a heart condition)

Conclusion

Now that you’re aware of respiratory tract infections, you can act on them accordingly. If, let’s say, your child has one or more of the above symptoms, you should consult a doctor right away to rule out a lung infection. The sooner your child receives treatment, the faster you will recover. 

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