Respiratory Infections

Bobby Jacobs, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Edgewater Medical Clinic

Bobby Jacobs, MD

Internal Medicine & Low Testosterone Specialist located in Oklahoma City, OK

Respiratory infections can leave you wheezing, sniffling, sneezing, and feeling uncomfortable and miserable. Fortunately, caring physician Bobby Jacobs, MD, has solutions at Edgewater Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr. Jacobs and his friendly medical team provide comprehensive testing and treatments for respiratory infections to help you feel better as soon as possible. The goal is to strengthen your immune system, beat the infection, and enhance your general health and wellness. Call Edgewater Medical Clinic or request an appointment online for top-quality care.

Respiratory Infections Q & A

What are the symptoms of a respiratory infection?

The symptoms of a respiratory infection vary depending on the severity, type, and your underlying health. If you have a respiratory infection, you might have certain symptoms, such as:

  • Wheezing
  • Sinus and nasal congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Watery eyes
  • Aching muscles and bones
  • Headaches
  • Breathing troubles
  • Scratchy, tickly throat
  • Chills

In some cases, you might also experience fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Many respiratory infections are contagious, such as a common cold, which you must come into contact with a person infected with the cold virus. Viruses can spread through the air when an infected person directly touches you or coughs or sneezes on you.

You’re more likely to develop a respiratory infection if you have a weakened immune system or an underlying chronic illness.

What are some of the most common respiratory infections?

Some of the most common respiratory infections include:

Common cold

The common cold refers to a prevalent infection that spreads easily. Many different viruses can cause the common cold.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal and sinus cavities, usually due to an infection, but growths and other factors can also cause this condition.

Flu (influenza)

The flu is a common viral infection that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs and can be life-threatening in certain people, such as those with weakened immune systems.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the two tissue pads at the back of the throat. A bacterial or viral infection usually causes tonsillitis.

Epiglottitis

Epiglottitis refers to the inflammation and swelling of the cartilage covering your windpipe. An infection commonly causes epiglottitis.

Croup

Croup is an infection of the upper airway that can obstruct breathing. Croup is more prevalent in younger children.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection in which coughing and breathing difficulties cause you to make ‘whoop’ sounds. 

How are respiratory infections treated?

Some respiratory infections subside on their own, and others require treatment from a qualified physician like Dr. Bobby Jacobs. After a consultation and sufficient testing, Dr. Jacobs might recommend various treatments for your respiratory infection, such as:

  • Antibiotics or antiviral medications
  • Resting
  • Saline nasal drops or prescription antihistamines, decongestants, and other medications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Healthy lifestyle changes, such as stress management, regular exercise, and optimal nutrition
  • Vitamins and supplements

The persistent symptoms of respiratory infections can really darken your day and heighten your risk of developing other health conditions. Breathe clearly and easily again, and find relief at Edgewater Medical Clinic. Call the office or request an appointment online today.