A respiratory infection can leave you with facial pain, runny nose, wet cough, and overall body aches. Because respiratory infections can become serious if left untreated,Morteza Mirkarimi, MD and the exceptional team at The Doctors Office & Walk-In Clinic in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, California, provides integrative treatment options to help you get better. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a respiratory tract infection, book an appointment online or over the phone, or walk in for same-day care if you need to be seen right away.

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What are the symptoms of a respiratory infection?

Respiratory infections affect your upper respiratory tract, such as your sinuses and vocal cords, or your lower respiratory system, which extends down into your lungs. They’re caused by bacteria or viruses, and if left untreated, can increase your risk of pneumonia.

Because even minor respiratory infections can quickly become serious, it’s important to seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches and fatigue
  • Nasal or chest congestion
  • Cough that may produce mucus

You may also find that you have facial pain or tenderness in your sinuses, which are often signs of a brewing infection.

How does a doctor diagnose a respiratory infection?

When you come to The Doctors Office & Walk-In Clinic for your respiratory infection exam, the doctor gathers information about your symptoms, listens to your lungs, and may order a chest X-ray. He’ll also peer into your throat, ears, and nose.

To confirm that you have a respiratory infection and find out if it’s bacterial or viral, on-site lab testing may also be necessary. Generally by the end of your appointment, you can get information about your diagnosis, as well as counseling about which treatment options may be most beneficial for you.

What is the treatment for a respiratory infection?

Treating a respiratory infection generally requires a combination of therapies to relieve your symptoms and promote healing. Depending on the cause of your respiratory infection and which symptoms you’re experiencing, the doctor may recommend any of the following therapies:

  • Warm, moist air with a humidifier
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain relievers
  • Decongestants
  • Cough medicine

As with any illness, it’s important to get lots of rest and increase your fluid intake when you have a respiratory tract infection. If you have a sore throat or nasal congestion, drinking hot tea or eating hot soup can help loosen up mucus and ease your discomfort.

The Doctors Office & Walk-In Clinic providers are diligent about ensuring that your respiratory infection doesn’t progress. With their help, you can undergo comprehensive care for a respiratory infection. Book an exam online or by phone, or walk in for immediate treatment.