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Why You Keep Getting Upper Respiratory Infections

Recurrent respiratory infections (URIs) are a common problem in adults. They can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Viruses: Viruses are the most common cause of URIs. They can spread through close contact with someone who is sick, or through contact with contaminated surfaces.

  • Bacteria: Bacteria can also cause URIs. They are less common than viruses, but they can be more serious.

  • Other factors: Other factors that can increase your risk of URIs include smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, poor hygiene, and a weakened immune system.

If you are experiencing recurrent URIs, it is important to see a doctor to determine the underlying cause. They can help you develop a treatment plan to prevent future infections.


Symptoms of URIs

Symptoms of URIs can vary depending on the cause of the infection. However, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Runny nose: A runny nose is one of the most common symptoms of URIs. It is caused by the body's attempt to clear away mucus that has been infected with a virus or bacteria.

  • Sore throat: A sore throat is another common symptom of URIs. It is caused by inflammation of the throat.

  • Cough: A cough is a common symptom of URIs. It is caused by the body's attempt to clear away mucus from the lungs.

  • Fever: A fever is a common symptom of URIs. It is caused by the body's attempt to fight off the infection.

When to see a doctor

Most URIs will go away on their own within a week or two. However, you should see a doctor if:

  • Your symptoms are severe or do not improve within a week or two.

  • Your fever is high (103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher).

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You have a weakened immune system.

Preventing URIs

There are a number of things you can do to prevent URIs, including:

  • Getting plenty of rest.

  • Eating a healthy diet.

  • Exercising regularly.

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water.

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people.

  • Quitting smoking.

  • Getting a flu vaccine every year.

Treatment for URIs

There is no specific treatment for URIs caused by viruses. However, you can treat the symptoms of URIs with over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, cough suppressants, and decongestants. URIs caused by bacteria may be treated with antibiotics.


Living with URIs

If you are prone to URIs, there are a number of things you can do to manage your condition, including:

  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

  • Getting plenty of rest.

  • Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

  • Gargling with salt water to soothe a sore throat.

  • Using a saline nasal spray to clear mucus from your nose.

If you are concerned about URIs, talk to your doctor. They can help you develop a plan to prevent future infections and manage your symptoms.


If you are experiencing recurrent URIs, don't hesitate to call Altair Integrative Wellness at 907-357-1818. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can help you determine the underlying cause of your URIs and develop a treatment plan to keep you healthy.


Disclaimer

The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition.

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