Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis
posted by The Live Better Team | October 4, 2017
Types of URIs
Causes and Risk Factors
URIs can be caused by both viruses and bacteria. There are several sub-types within each of these categories. For viruses, these include:
For bacteria, these include:
Several actions, events or conditions can increase the risk of a URI, including:
Symptoms of a URI may include:
Diagnosis and Treatment
In most cases, people with URIs know what they have and are visiting the doctor to find symptom relief. Most diagnoses can be made using medical history and a physical exam. If needed, tests like throat swabs, X-rays or CT scans might be used for a diagnosis.
URI treatments include:
There are a few things you can do to help protect against URIs:
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“Upper Respiratory Tract Infection.” MedicineNet.com. http://www.medicinenet.com/upper_respiratory_infection/article.htm
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.