Chances are that many times when you hear a person is suffering from a respiratory infection, the symptoms you’re thinking of are actually related to an upper respiratory infection.

But lower respiratory infections are also common, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants to share some information about them.

How Do I Know If I Have a Lower Respiratory Infection?

When a person experiences a lower respiratory infection, he or she is suffering from an infection that occurs in the lungs and lower airways.

There are a number of medical conditions that are brought on due to a lower respiratory infection, including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Symptoms of a Lower Respiratory Infection

  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness

Can I Prevent a Lower Respiratory Infection?

One of the best ways to treat a lower respiratory infection is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Therefore, build healthy habits, including getting plenty of sleep each night, eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting exercise on a regular basis, and washing your hands regularly.

Treatment of a Lower Respiratory Infection

  • Acetaminophen for pain and/or fever
  • Antibiotics, if prescribed for a bacterial infection
  • Bronchodilator inhaler
  • Rest
  • Hydration
  • Humidifier

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a respiratory infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Cleveland today for a diagnosis and treatment plan to get you feeling as good as new.