Respiratory infections such as the common cold or pneumonia can make it difficult to go to work or get quality sleep. At Royal Suntomed Medical Group in San Antonio, Hameed Dosunmu, MD, offers comprehensive care for infections in the upper and lower respiratory system. He can provide on-site throat swabs, chest X-rays, and antibiotic prescriptions to accurately diagnose and treat symptoms. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office today.
Respiratory infections can be the result of a viral or bacterial infection that affects your nose, lungs, and throat. Infections are contagious and spread from person to person through physical contact or by touching infected objects.
Common conditions affecting the lower respiratory system include bronchitis and pneumonia. You may also develop an infection in your upper respiratory tract, such as:
While most respiratory infections resolve within a week with plenty of rest and over-the-counter cold medications, underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may worsen due to infection.
Upper respiratory infections cause cold symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. If the infection affects your larynx, or voice box, you may also lose your voice for several days.
With lower respiratory infections, you may experience symptoms similar to an upper respiratory infection, but in more serious infections of the lungs, such as pneumonia, you may also have:
Additionally, you may have difficulties sleeping because of the coughing and chest discomfort and feel tired throughout the day as a result.
Dr. Dosunmu can often diagnose a respiratory infection after reviewing your symptoms. For lower respiratory infections, he may also use imaging tests such as a chest X-ray to check for fluid in your lungs.
Because respiratory infections are contagious, it’s important that you get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible so treatment can begin. Dr. Dosunmu may request a swab of the fluids in your nose or throat to determine if the cause of the infection is viral or bacterial.
Viral infections in the upper and lower respiratory tract often have to run their course without any treatment. Dr. Dosunmu might recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and cold medications to alleviate symptoms, control a cough, and make it easier to breathe.
Dr. Dosunmu may recommend antibiotics for bacterial infections, as well as over-the-counter medications to relieve your symptoms.
Find out more about available treatment options for respiratory infections by calling Royal Suntomed Medical Group in San Antonio or scheduling an appointment online today to see Dr. Dosunmu.