Upper Respiratory Infection Specialist

Alamo City Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in San Antonio, TX

If you find yourself coughing, sneezing, and have a nose that’s either clogged or won’t stop running, you may have an upper respiratory infection (URI). At Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC in San Antonio, Texas, relief from a URI is just a short visit away. The caring and skilled physicians and nursing staff can assist you through an upper respiratory infection and a range of other common ailments. You can call to book an appointment, or just walk in and receive treatment.

Upper Respiratory Infection Q & A

Alamo City Urgent Care

What’s an upper respiratory infection?

A URI is an infection of your sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, or larynx. These infections have different names based on which respiratory components are affected. Rhinitis is an infection of your nasal cavities, and a sinus infection is an infection of your sinus cavities. Pharyngitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, and laryngotracheitis are also types of upper respiratory infections.

Upper respiratory infections are among the most common types of illness and lead to many work and school absences. These ailments are more common during the winter months but can develop any time of year.

What causes upper respiratory infections?

Upper respiratory infections are usually caused by a virus, but bacteria can sometimes be the cause. These infections are highly contagious and spread by inhaling the tiny droplets that you expel when coughing or sneezing. Touching a contaminated surface is also a way to pick up a URI.

Can I prevent an upper respiratory infection?

Virtually all women and men experience a URI at some point in life, but you can take steps to reduce your risk. Maintaining good hygiene is a great place to start, including washing your hands properly.

Avoiding close contact with large groups is another great way to reduce your risk, especially during the colder months of the year. Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke is also important.

Kids are astoundingly good at spreading URIs. While you can’t avoid your own children, you can teach them great hygiene habits to reduce their risk of contracting an infection at school or while playing with other kids.

How do I know if I have an upper respiratory infection?

Symptoms of a URI occur in or near your respiratory tract, and include:

  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A scratchy or a sore throat
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Sinus pain
  • A general sense of malaise

If you notice any of these symptoms, come in for a thorough diagnostic workup. Scheduling is quick and convenient, and walk-in care is always available.

Why see a doctor for an upper respiratory infection?

If bacteria cause your infection, a course of antibiotics may be needed to clear things up. Seeing a doctor is also important to receive an accurate diagnosis, as the symptoms of a URI mimic those of several more serious medical conditions, including:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Influenza
  • H1N1 flu (swine flu)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Bronchitis

Your urgent care physician works to determine the cause of your symptoms and treat the underlying cause when necessary. X-ray imaging is available on-site. Schedule your appointment at Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC to begin your customized treatment path.