Upper Respiratory Infection Specialist

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The Vine Medical Clinic

Medical Clinic located in McKinney, TX

These days, it’s hard to differentiate between the common cold and COVID-19. The Vine Medical Clinic, located in Mckinney, Texas, offers both on-site COVID testing and walk-in appointments to help you determine if you have the common cold or something else. Elijah Nyasende, APRN, FNP-BC, gives you personalized care when you’re exhibiting symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. You can call the office to make an appointment or book a consultation online.

Upper Respiratory Infection Q & A

What is an upper respiratory infection?

An upper respiratory infection is a condition that affects the upper part of your airway. These types of infections usually only affect your sinuses or throat, while lower respiratory infections are more prominent in your lungs.

There are several types of respiratory infections, each with different symptoms. Common types of this condition include:

  • Pharyngitis, or sore throat
  • Sinusitis, or sinus infection
  • Laryngitis, or vocal cord inflammation
  • Epiglottitis, or swollen epiglottis

The common cold is another example of an upper respiratory infection. These conditions can last for weeks in some cases, which can put a damper on your busy life. 

At The Vine Medical Clinic, walk-ins are welcome, especially when you’re not feeling well. The team also offers same-day appointments if you think you may have an upper respiratory infection and need expert care and treatment.

What are the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?

When you have an upper respiratory infection, your symptoms may be anywhere from mild to severe. Symptoms can also be vague and mimic other conditions like COVID-19.

Some of the common symptoms you may experience with an upper respiratory infection include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Voice hoarseness

If you’re exhibiting any of these symptoms, you can walk into the clinic to receive treatment. The Vine Medical Clinic team helps you determine if you’re experiencing an upper respiratory infection and gets you the treatment you need.

How is an upper respiratory infection treated?

If the team determines that you’re dealing with an upper respiratory infection, treatment involves over-the-counter pain medications and hydration with fluids. The team may also recommend other forms of over-the-counter cold medications that can ease your upper respiratory infection.

These infections are caused by a virus that won’t respond to antibiotics. That means they just have to run their course, which can last anywhere from a week to two weeks. By that time, your symptoms should be subsiding.

However, if your symptoms persist past two weeks, you may be dealing with another type of infection, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. In that case, the team prescribes antibiotics, such as penicillin or amoxicillin, to ease your condition.

If you think you may have an upper respiratory infection, call the office today to schedule an appointment. You may also book a consultation online or walk into the urgent care facility at the practice.