What are common respiratory infections?

What are common respiratory infections?

Types of upper respiratory infection include the common cold (head cold), the mild flu, tonsillitis, laryngitis, and sinus infection. Of the upper respiratory infection symptoms, the most common is a cough. Lung infections may also lead to a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, achy muscles, and headache.

What is a RESP infection?

Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are infections of parts of the body involved in breathing, such as the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs. Most RTIs get better without treatment, but sometimes you may need to see a GP.

What are the symptoms of a respiratory infection?

The common signs of a respiratory infection include:

  • Chest or nasal congestion.
  • Wet or dry cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Fatigue.
  • Body aches.
  • Low-grade fever.
  • Sore throat.

How do you get a respiratory viral infection?

A respiratory viral infection refers to a virus that specifically affects the upper or lower respiratory tracts, or both. We typically get a respiratory viral infection through the mouth or nose via respiratory droplets, which are microscopic drops mostly made of water and produced when someone coughs, sneezes or talks.

How to tell if you have a respiratory infection?

Lower respiratory infections may be found in your lungs or breathing airways. They can be caused by viral infections like the severe flu or bacterial infections like tuberculosis. Lower respiratory infection symptoms include a severe cough that may produce mucus (phlegm), cause shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing when exhaling.

How are infections of the respiratory system classified?

Infections of the respiratory tract are grouped according to their symptomatology and anatomic involvement. Acute upper respiratory infections (URI) include the common cold, pharyngitis, epiglottitis, and laryngotracheitis (Fig.

How does an upper respiratory infection affect the body?

An upper respiratory infection affects the nasal passages and throat. The treatment is usually simple unless the person also has a chronic respiratory condition, such as asthma. An upper respiratory infection (URI) occurs when a virus or bacteria enters the body, usually through the mouth or nose.