What Causes Respiratory Infections?

The last thing you need when trying to get your kids off to school for a new year is to feel under the weather due to a respiratory infection. Honestly, it’s the last thing you need anytime!

If you think you may be experiencing a respiratory infection, let our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville offer some insight on the condition.

What Is a Respiratory Infection?

Approximately 3 million respiratory infections are diagnosed in the United States every year. A respiratory infection occurs when a viral infection starts to affect the nose, throat and airways. This can occur for a number of reasons.

Causes of a Respiratory Infection

  • Acute pharyngitis
  • Acute ear infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Pneumonia

How Long Does a Respiratory Infection Last?

A respiratory infection can usually last about three to 14 days. However, if you respiratory infection isn’t easing up after 14 days, you might be suffering from another medical condition, like pneumonia or bronchitis.

Symptoms of a Respiratory Infection

  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion, either in the nasal sinuses or lungs
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Are you wondering what’s causing your respiratory infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today so we can diagnose the cause and get you back to feeling your best.