Upper respiratory infections represent a variety of acute illnesses or complications that are most often caused by a secondary infection to a rhinovirus or influenza. Since it seldom makes a difference in the treatment regimen, identification* of the specific viral cause is not usually necessary. Symptomatic support usually depends upon the location of the subsequent infections to include:
NOTE: If influenza is suspected due to the time of year or a recent outbreak of flu in the area, our physician will order a flu test and antiviral medications may be prescribed.
In many cases, based on your symptoms and a physical exam, your doctor can diagnose whether you have a cold or influenza. He or she may order a throat culture or blood count, to determine the severity of the condition and identify other problems. If your physician suspects that your upper respiratory infection has spread to your lungs, an x-ray may be needed to check for pleurisy or pneumonia.
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