Colds & Coughs

Daily Apple Clinic

Adult Care, Primary Care, & Family Nurse Practitioners located in Congress Park, Denver, CO

Breathing is important. Your respiratory system brings oxygen into your body and removes carbon dioxide. Problems with your respiratory system can reduce the oxygen that reaches your lungs, which is necessary for life and good health. Respiratory infections are common and usually resolve using simple remedies and rest. However, complications and more serious illness may arise, especially in babies, the elderly and individuals with a compromised immune system.

Daily Apple Clinic is located in Congress Park in Denver, Colorado. Paul Reynolds, FNP and Monica Schonteich, FNP and all of the skilled providers here are ready and able to diagnose and treat both upper and lower respiratory infections. We offer comprehensive respiratory care for patients of all ages. Please call the office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.

Respiratory Infections Q & A

What are respiratory infections?

Respiratory tract infections occur in the parts of the body involved in breathing, such as the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs. Most infections get better without treatment, but sometimes you may need to see a medical professional. These infections are classified as upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Upper respiratory tract infections usually refer to the common cold, sore throats, and sinus infections. Lower respiratory tract infections usually refer to bronchitis and pneumonia in adults.

 

Respiratory infections typically occur in fall and winter when people spend more time indoors. Infections occur when viruses or bacteria enter your respiratory system through the air or by touching infected hands or surfaces. Most respiratory infections occur in the upper respiratory tract and are the most common reason people visit the doctor’s office.

What are the symptoms of a respiratory infection?

Respiratory infections such as the common cold and the flu tend to cause predictable symptoms that are easy to identify. If you have an upper respiratory infection, your symptoms may include:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

  • Hoarse voice

  • Sneezing

  • Nasal congestion or discharge

  • Mild headache

  • Fatigue

  • Swollen lymph nodes

More severe symptoms such as high fever, difficulty breathing, severe cough, wheezing, dizziness or stridor (a harsh raspy sound when you breathe) are indications you should contact a healthcare provider right away. Please call your provider at Daily Apple Clinic if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. 

How are respiratory infections treated?

Both upper and lower respiratory infections that are not severe usually go away without intervention from a medical provider. Over-the-counter medications at your local drugstore can help with symptom relief. Drinking lots of fluids (water, tea and broth) and getting plenty of rest are your first and best remedies. Salt water gargles can help relieve a sore throat.

 

If your symptoms persist longer than 7 to 10 days or are getting significantly worse, you may need antibiotics or other prescribed medications. Your providers at Daily Apple Clinic can also offer medications for sore throat, cough, sinus drainage or congestion, shortness of breath or that relieve inflammation, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) or steroids. 

 

Even though you are not feeling well, remember that these infections are contagious. Try to act responsibly by staying away from others to avoid the spread of disease. To learn more about respiratory infections and find relief from your symptoms, call Daily Apple Clinic or book an appointment online today.