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Respiratory Infection

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Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch

Urgent Care & Family Care located in Austin, TX

Respiratory infections are common illnesses that sometimes require medical treatment. The team of board-certified physicians and clinical staff at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch in Austin, Texas, diagnoses and treats respiratory infections, including colds, the flu, and pneumonia. If you or a member of your family has a respiratory infection, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online for quality health care and affordable prices.

Respiratory Infection Q & A

What is a respiratory infection?

Respiratory infections are viral or bacterial illnesses that affect your respiratory system, including your nose, sinuses, throat, and lungs. Signs of a respiratory infection include congestion, a runny nose, sore throat, headache, and fever. You might also have body aches and fatigue.

Some common types of respiratory infections include:

  • The common cold
  • The flu
  • Sinus infections
  • Laryngitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Strep throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • COVID-19

Respiratory infections range in severity. Though some illnesses might go away on their own with a few days of rest and at-home care, others need medical attention and treatment.

When should I talk to a doctor about a respiratory infection?

You should contact the team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch if you or your family member has symptoms that persist for more than a few days or if your symptoms get worse instead of better. You should also contact Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch if you have a fever of 103°F, difficulty breathing, or dizziness. 

How are respiratory infections diagnosed?

When you meet with a provider at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, they review your symptoms and medical history. Your provider looks into your nose, ears, and throat. They also listen to your lungs for abnormal sounds that could indicate inflammation or fluid. 

Your provider might take a nasal or throat swab or a sputum sample to identify the specific type of infection causing your symptoms. They might also order a chest X-ray or a CT scan if they think there is a problem with your lungs. 

How are respiratory infections treated?

The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch provides customized treatment to address your specific needs. For example, if your infection is bacterial, they prescribe antibiotics to help your body fight off the infection. They might prescribe antiviral medicines for a viral infection, although you might just need to rest and manage your symptoms.

Your provider might suggest medicines or other therapies to soothe your symptoms, so you can get the rest you need so that your body can fight off the illness. They might recommend cough syrups to ease sore throats or decongestants to relieve sinus congestion and pressure so that you can breathe easily.

The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch also offers the annual flu vaccine. They recommend that everyone, especially children, senior citizens, and people with compromised immune systems, have their flu shot at the beginning of every flu season.

Call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online for an in-office or telemedicine appointment.