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Acute Upper Respiratory Infection

An acute upper respiratory infection (URI) is an infection that affects the upper respiratory tract, which includes the nose, throat, and sinuses. URIs are very common, and most people get at least two or three URIs each year. URIs are usually caused by viruses, but they can also be caused by bacteria.

The symptoms of an acute URI can vary depending on the type of infection. Some common symptoms include:

Most people recover from an acute URI within a week or two. However, some people, such as young children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions, may have more severe symptoms or may take longer to recover.

There is no specific treatment for an acute URI. Treatment usually focuses on relieving the symptoms. Over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, decongestants, and cough suppressants, can help to relieve the symptoms of an acute URI. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if the infection is caused by bacteria.

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent an acute URI, such as:

If you have any of the symptoms of an acute URI, it is important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and to get treatment if necessary.

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