Each year, 5-15% of the global population experiences a respiratory infection. Fortunately, with early intervention in treatment, they rarely result in serious complications. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, uses safe, effective means to manage respiratory infections. To make an appointment at the office in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
A respiratory infection occurs when bacteria or a virus enters your upper respiratory tract, resulting in inflammation and uncomfortable side effects. Your upper respiratory tract includes your nose, throat, bronchi, pharynx, and larynx.
The common cold is the most well-known respiratory infection, but there are several others, including sinusitis, tracheobronchitis, and pharyngitis.
Common symptoms of a respiratory infection include:
If you develop a respiratory infection, you might also experience difficulty breathing or wheezing.
StatMD diagnoses and treats various respiratory infections, including:
Sinusitis is a respiratory infection that affects the sinuses, a connective system of hollow cavities behind your nose and eyes. Your sinuses produce mucus and moisturize the inside of your nose.
Epiglottis is an infection of the upper part of your trachea (or windpipe). Epiglottis is one of the most dangerous respiratory infections because if allowed to progress, it can block your airflow, making it difficult to breathe.
Laryngitis is an infection of the larynx or voice box. If you experience laryngitis, you might lose your voice or have difficulty swallowing.
Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi, two tubes that branch off from the trachea and lead to your lungs. Often, bronchitis causes a deep cough and excess mucus production.
To diagnose a respiratory infection, StatMD conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms. During the exam, your provider shines a bright light into your nose, throat, and ears. They might also take a throat swab and chest or neck X-rays.
Most respiratory infections respond to conservative, at-home treatments. Depending on your symptoms and the type of infection, your StatMD provider might recommend:
If you have a severe bacterial infection, prescription antibiotics may be necessary.
To learn more about the treatment of respiratory infections, make an appointment at StatMD by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.