Do Respiratory Infections Need Antibiotics?

When you begin to feel like you are coming down with a respiratory infection, it can seem like you need to immediately run to the doctor for antibiotics. But antibiotics aren’t always the right treatment option.

That’s why it’s important to see an experienced physician at AFC Urgent Care Hixson to undergo a medical evaluation. During your visit, our physician can diagnose the underlying cause of your condition and determine an appropriate treatment plan.

Do You Have a Respiratory Infection?

More than 3 million respiratory infections are diagnosed each year in the United States. A respiratory infection is a common viral infection that affects the nose, throat and airways, and can cause a wide range of symptoms.

Signs of a Respiratory Infection

  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Laryngitis
  • Pain in the sinuses
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Throat irritation
  • Wheezing

How Can You Treat Your Respiratory Infection?

While symptoms of a respiratory infection usually last about a week, it can sometimes take up to two weeks before you feel like your normal self again.

Unless a respiratory infection turns out to be pneumonia or strep throat, antibiotics are not usually called for. But there are some at-home methods you can try to help you find relief.

Treatment for Respiratory Infections

  • Try an OTC pain reliever or cough medicine.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Use a Neti pot or saline nasal spray.
  • Take a steamy shower.
  • Try throat lozenges or cough drops.

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a respiratory infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Hixson for medical treatment seven days a week!