Are Respiratory Infections Contagious?

The winter season is the most wonderful time of the year for the snow to fall, the cool air to set in…and respiratory infections to be more common?

It’s true, although unpleasant. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants you to learn more about the medical condition that seems to hit our work, schools and homes during the winter season.

What Is a Respiratory Infection?

A respiratory infection is a viral infection affecting your nose, throat and airways. Respiratory infections are extremely contagious, and they can be spread through something as simple as shaking hands, sharing a drink, or being coughed or sneezed on.

Therefore, it is important to make sure you are washing your hands frequently, as well as covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and/or coughing.

Respiratory Infection Symptoms

  • Scratchy throat
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough

Can a Respiratory Infection Be Prevented?

While nothing is 100%, there are things you can do to try and prevent sickness from settling in this winter. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep to boost your immune system and help fend off illness. It’s also important to wash your hands regularly.

Respiratory Infection Treatment

  • Plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • Cough medicine
  • Nasal washing
  • Throat lozenges

Think you may have a respiratory infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today for a diagnosis and treatment plan to get you feeling as good as new!