What Are Upper Respiratory Infections?
An upper respiratory infection (URI) is an acute illness that affects the upper respiratory tract, which includes the nasal passages and throat (pharynx and larynx). They are spread from person to person and can be caused by viruses or bacteria. When you have an upper respiratory infection, you may experience a fever, congestion, sneezing, cough, sinus pain or pressure, sore throat, body aches, and headache. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, our highly skilled medical team treats upper respiratory infections, including common colds, sinusitis, laryngitis, and bronchitis. We offer urgent care appointments so you can receive treatment quickly. Contact our office in Lawrence, KS to schedule a visit for yourself or your child.
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Treatment for Upper Respiratory Infections
While mild upper respiratory infections often resolve with at-home care, like getting lots of rest and drinking plenty of fluids, you might want to seek professional treatment for an upper respiratory infection that continues to worsen, especially if you have a hard time breathing. During an urgent care appointment at Lawrence Family Practice Center, our team will assess your symptoms in order to provide a diagnosis. We have an in-house imaging lab where chest x-rays can be performed if needed. To help you get relief from uncomfortable symptoms, we may recommend over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, nasal decongestants, and cough suppressants. If you have a bacterial infection, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed.
Breathe Easier Again
When you have an upper respiratory infection, the team at Lawrence Family Practice Center is here to help you get back to feeling better as soon as possible. Our doctors provide effective solutions to help patients get relief from symptoms, like sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Contact our friendly team to schedule an urgent care visit in Lawrence, KS.