The doctors on SwiftMD can help diagnose and treat respiratory infections. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) affecting the upper part of the respiratory tract including the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx. Some examples of URTI are the common cold, rhinitis, sinus infection, and laryngitis. They generally include symptoms ranging from nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, scratchy or sore throat, headaches, fever, and mucus production. URTIs are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits and the most common reason for missing school or work. URTIs re contagious and most often caused by self-limiting viral infections, although occasionally bacterial infections may cause URTI. Most resolve in 7-10days, but occasionally symptoms can linger.
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) are infections affecting the lower portion of the respiratory tract, including the trachea, primary bronchi and the lungs. Symptoms of LRTIs include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing and fatigue. Common LRTIs include bronchitis, pneumonia and bronchiolitis. Influenza and flue can affect both the upper and lower respiratory tract. Generally, LRTI tends to be more serious conditions than URTI.
Regular hand washing, covering the face while coughing or sneezing and avoiding sharing food or beverages with infected people can help limit the spread of infection.
When to use SwiftMD
If you suspect that you have a URTI but your symptoms persist, a doctor can help identify if your URTI is something more serious or is exacerbated by external conditions or an underlying medical condition. Several conditions can resemble URTIs in terms of symptoms including asthma, pneumonia, allergic reactions, acute HIV infection and influenza, but require different treatment plans. With SwiftMD your doctor will do a full evaluation, including a detailed medical history and examine you in the full context of your home environment to identify an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan for you.
If you suspect that you may have a URTI or LRTI don’t wait to seek treatment. Book a house call with SwiftMD today.
Seek emergency medical attention if:
- Your symptoms are severe
- You have difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
- You have severe chest pain or severe chest tightness
- You are experiencing severe wheezing