Respiratory tract infection is one of the most frequent sicknesses of children as well as adults. While most infections caused by viruses usually go away soon with over the counter medicines or antibiotics, some do not. Infections involving throat, lungs and main airway of your body are collectively called infections on the upper tract infection. Some of its symptoms are, as mentioned, cough, accompanied by fever, head ache, having hard time to breath and pain on the chest. For some, it may even involved having colds which affects our nose. The peak of the cough where there is mucus/phlegm would range from 2-3 days. However, to clearly clear the airways and cough, it may take 2-3 weeks.
Doctors may prescribe you paracetamol fro fever and head aches. Drinking lots of water to help clear and ease the airway. Some antibiotics and nebulizer if necessary. It should be noted that cough may sometimes be just little infection but it can also be a symptom to other illness. It is best to consult with your doctor to find out the root cause of the cough.
Unfortunately, preventing respiratory tract infection is difficult. But here are some tips that can minimize your chances of getting infected.
- Do not get close to infected people
- Wash your hands with soap and water often
- Do not share towels or handkerchiefs
- Do not share toys (for children)
- Exercising and keeping your body active and healthy
- Drinking a lot of water and vitamins
- Getting enough sleep
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