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Spring Allergy Season & $15 Allergy Shot Special

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Spring is almost here. And with that comes our spring allergy season. Millions of Americans suffer from allergies each year.  However, you do not have to be one of them.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR ALLERGY SEASON

The first step is to know what you’re allergic to. Next, it helps to minimize your exposure to those allergens—whether that means cleaning your home in a certain way to reduce indoor allergens or keeping an eye on your local allergy forecast.

Once you start suffering from seasonal allergy symptoms, figure out which allergy medicine is right for you and start treating as soon as your allergy symptoms start. Taking your medicine before peak allergy season can help alleviate symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.

According to the National Weather Channel, in partnership with Flonase, this is our allergy chart for March 1, 2017.  Pollen is high.

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Allergy Shot Special Offer

West Valley Urgent Care is offering $15.00 allergy shots with your paid office visit!

Get relief for this spring’s allergy season. This offer is good through March 31, 2017.  Mention this offer during your appointment.

You can walk-in or call ahead to schedule a priority appointment. You can also request it your priority appointment online.

Glendale Peoria Office (623) 334-8671
17218 N 72nd Dr., Suite 100, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phoenix Avondale Office (623) 218-0782
4110 N. 108th Ave., Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85037

Surprise Sun City Office  (623) 691-7748
14811 W. Bell Road, Suite 100, Surprise, AZ 85374

About Pollen Levels

Pollen levels indicate the amount of pollen in the air. The season and geographic area are the two primary factors that contribute to higher pollen levels. A common misconception is that pollen levels will be almost zero during colder months. Trees actually start producing pollen as early as January in southern states. They also produce such a large volume of pollen that it can increase pollen levels miles away.

Also, be aware that regardless of your outdoor pollen level and allergy report, pollen can still be transported indoors by animals and clothing.

If you are suffering from allergies, come in for an appointment! You don’t have to suffer.

10 Heart Failure Facts to Know

10 heart failure facts

When the heart isn’t able to pump enough blood throughout the body, heart failure occurs, leading to symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath.

One of our employees relatives was brought to the hospital by ambulance. We were told his heart had stopped a couple times and CRP was done by the first responder.  We were frightened and started researching cardiac arrest, learning it is fatal in 9 out of 10 instances.  Luckily, the reason he was actually brought to the hospital was because he had stopped breathing twice.  Big difference, still scary.

Approximately 5.7 million Americans are affected by heart failure.

“Heart failure occurs when the muscles of the heart essentially die, or weaken,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, the director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and a national spokeswomen for the Go Red for Women campaign. “As heart function weakens, the blood doesn’t push forward through the body as easily.”

Many symptoms can occur, from shortness of breath, fatigue, to swollen ankles.

1. There are different types of heart failure.

The heart’s left ventricle, right ventricle or both can be affected by heart failure. Systolic heart failure is the most common failure, when the heart muscle’s function is diminished and blood doesn’t flow as readily through the body.

Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart experiences relaxation impairment and is unable to fill with blood properly due to stiffening of the muscle.

Heart failure is often referred to as “congestive heart failure,” which means that fluid has accumulated in other parts of the body (such as in the lungs and liver) as a result of blood circulating improperly. But not all cases of heart failure are congestive.

2. Certain conditions may signal heart problems

Heart failure tends to follow other conditions. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks or coronary artery disease are more likely to experience heart failure. Many of these diseases do weaken the heart.
The good news is many of these conditions are correctable, given good lifestyle choices and taking steps to reduce the risks.

3. Pinpointing symptoms isn’t always easy.

When it comes to your heart health, determining whether certain symptoms are linked to heart problems isn’t always easy. Still, when the heart is unable to meet the demands of the body, typical symptoms would include shortness of breath, swelling of the extremities (think: feet, ankles, and legs), chronic coughing,fatigue, a diminished appetite, or a quickened heart rate.

4. Diagnosis are largely symptom based.

“Heart failure is diagnosed by symptoms more than anything” explains Dr. Steinbaum. “If someone has worsening shortness of breath, inability to walk down the street, or they can’t lie flat in bed without difficulty breathing, their doctor may want to do an EKG to look for heart damage or an echocardiogram, which looks at the function of the heart muscle.” If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment and discuss it with your doctor.

5.  Exercise Helps

Regular exercise is an excellent way to lower the risk of heart disease. Aerobic exercise prevents weight gain (lowering the risk of diabetes and obesity) and also keeps your arteries healthy and controls blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The American Heart Association recommends at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.

6.  Avoid Salty Foods

Consuming too much sodium causes the body to retain water. Excess salt raises your risk of blood pressure, which in turn taxes the heart even more.

7.  Not Smoking Is Very Important

“Everytime someone inhales from a cigarette, they’re potentially tearing the lining of the arteries, called the endothelium,” says Dr. Steinbaum. As this lining gets worn down, she explains, a person’s risk of developing coronary artery disease—as well as heart attacks and subsequent heart failure—goes up. “Stopping smoking is the most preventable thing we can do,” she adds.

Lifestyle factors play a big role in lowering one’s risk of cardiovascular disorders.

8. Choose a Heart-Healthy Diet

For patients with heart failure, a balanced diet is important. Heart-healthy food include:

  • Salmon – packed with omega-3 fatty acides
  • Avocados – a healthy fat
  • Oatmeal – soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol
  • Nuts – more fiber plus vitamin E
  • Fresh Produce – blueberries, citrus fruits and tomatoes

9. Customized Treatments are Available

The good news is there are multiple treatment options for people diagnosed with heart failure. The first step is treating the underlying causes of heart failure such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Doctors can conduct tests to see if there is blockage or placque buildup present.

10. Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

Lifestyle choices can make all the difference in preventing heart failure.

“Learning the best way to eat and making time to get up and move—even if it’s just walking 10,000 steps a day—is a huge part of staying healthy and preventing heart failure down the road,” Dr. Steinbaum says. “Plus, it’s a progressive disease. Let’s make healthy choices now so we never have to get there.”

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Tips for Better Sleep

Here’s eight helpful tips for better sleep:

  1. Make sleep a priority – keep a consistent sleep and wake schedule.
  2. Create a sleep sanctuary – your bedroom should be dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
  3. Maintain a relaxing sleep routine – create a bedtime routine and do things that relax you such as reading a book, taking a bath or listening to relaxing music.
  4. Keep work out – do not have your work materials in your room.
  5. Stop using technology – the lights emitted from these devices harms your ability to sleep.
  6. Exercise early – complete your workout a minimum of two hours before you go to bed
  7. Eat light in the evening – finish eating three to four hours before bedtime
  8. Keep a journal by your bed – write down things that might keep you awake so you can let go of those thoughts and sleep.

In an article on the Huffington Post, entitled “How to Recover From Sleepless Nights“, Sleep expert Dr. Carol Ash, Corporate Director at Meridian Health answered some commonly asked questions about sleep. We hope you find these answers helpful.

What’s the best way to recover from a night of no sleep?Tips for better sleep

Take a nap. “The number one thing to do when you didn’t get enough sleep is, well, sleep,” Ash says. If you’re not in a spot where you can nap, then go outside and get some sunlight. The natural rays will alert your body that it’s time to shine.

What the ideal length of a nap?

Twenty minutes is enough to make you feel refreshed, Ash says. You can extend your nap a bit longer, but make sure it doesn’t exceed 40 minutes. Doing so gets you into deeper REM sleep and could leave you with a groggy feeling when you wake up.

What’s the one thing you can do to improve your sleep tonight?

Get into a bedtime routine. Ash recommends winding down by putting devices outside the room, taking a shower or bath and reading a hardcover book (no screens!). You’ll be ready to snooze in no time.

What’s the deal with sleep apnea?

It’s a BIG deal, to begin with. “The first thing is to take sleep apnea seriously,” Ash says. You could have mild — or even severe — sleep apnea without realizing it, along with more than 10 million other Americans. Many people see snoring as a silly side effect of sleep, or they don’t realize that frequent middle-of-the-night bathroom trips are the result of waking up from struggling to breathe.

Ash recommends taking a simple at-home sleep test to get to the root of your sleep troubles and rule out sleep apnea as the cause. The fix could be something as simple as losing weight or finally addressing seasonal allergies.

I wake up often in the middle the night. How can I fall back asleep fast?

Just relax. Ash says that having tense muscles while asleep can put your brain in a hyper-aroused state, causing it to scan the environment for new information the instant you wake up.

So let your muscles calm down, one at a time. “Start with your toes, and focus on slowly relaxing body parts as you work your way up,” Ash recommends. “Most of the time, you’ll be asleep by the time you get to the neck.” Arianna Huffington also recommends a sleep-friendly meditation if you wake up, to get your mind back to the here and now.

Can weird sleep patterns really make me gain weight?

Yes. Worst of all, “a lack of sleep makes you gain weight around your waistline, which is a very important area,” Ash says. On a lack of sleep, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy while hunger-signaling hormones get a boost, as Reader’s Digest notes. The result is a perfect storm for gain in the waistline, an area where excess weight is known to put you at risk for heart disease.

Health Alert: Leptospirosis Outbreak

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An ongoing outbreak of leptospirosis has affected over 40 dogs in Maricopa County.  To date, no human cases have been confirmed, but multiple illnesses are being investigated.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases. Some infected persons, however, may have no symptoms at all.

Without treatment, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.

Leptospirosis Symptoms in Humans

Symptoms can be “flu-like” and include:
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Chils
  • Muscle Aches
  • Vomiting
  • Red eyes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)

How To Get Infected

The bacteria that causes leptospirosis is spread through the urine of an infected animal, which can get into the water and soil. The bacteria is resilient and can survive for weeks to months. Rodents can carry and spread the bacteria that causes this disease.

Symptoms in Animals

There are NO symptoms of the disease when animals are infected.  Infected animals may continue to excrete the bacteria into the environment continuously or sporadically for a few months and up to several years.

Humans can become infected through:

  • Contact with urine or other body fluids (except saliva) from infected animals
  • Contact with water, soil or food contaminated with the urine of the infected animals.

The bacteria can enter the body through skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth), especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch.

Timeline for Illness

The time between a person’s exposure to a contaminated source and becoming sick is 2 days to 4 weeks. Illness usually begins abruptly with fever and other symptoms. Leptospirosis may occur in two phases:
  • After the first phase (with fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, or diarrhea) the patient may recover for a time but become ill again.
  • If a second phase occurs, it is more severe; the person may have kidney or liver failure or meningitis. This phase is also called Weil’s disease.
The illness lasts from a few days to 3 weeks or longer. Without treatment, recovery may take several months.

Treatment

This disease is treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline or penicillin, which should be given early in the course of the disease. For more severe symptoms, intravenous antibiotics may be required.
If you or anyone you know may be suffering from leptospirosis, come into a health care provider right away.

Treatment in Pets and Animals

Luckily, leptospirosis is treatable with antibiotics. Please take your pet to see a veterinarian right away.

February is National Heart Month

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February is National Heart month.

  Someone in the U.S. dies of heart disease every 85 seconds. Don’t wait to get heart-healthy.

Did you know, 80% of heart disease and stroke events are preventable?

In the United States…

  • Fewer Americans have been dying of heart disease and stroke since the 1980s thanks to progress in medical therapies for patients with a history of heart disease and stroke and from lifestyle changes that are curbing the risk.
  • In every year since 1900 except 1918, Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) accounted for more deaths than any other major cause of death in the United States. Stroke still ranks fifth.
  • An estimated 85.6 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain.
  • Among U.S. adults, 32.6 percent—about 80 million—have high blood pressure.
  • Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate increased 8.2 percent over that same time.

Seeing signs of heart disease? Know the symptoms.february is heart health month

Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Heart disease signs and symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

What can you do to protect your heart?

  • Know your blood pressure and keep it under control.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control.
  • Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control.
  • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Learn about the age of your heart

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Feeling Dizzy

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We are seeing a number of patients coming into our clinics complaining of dizziness. We are also seeing a large number of patients complaining of sinus infections, cough, and eye irritations.  We can help so schedule your appointment online or walk into one of our three urgent care locations.

Causes of Dizziness

We are checking our patients to see what is causing the dizziness.  Causes can include:

  • Sugar/Glucose levels
  • Blood Pressure
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Pregnancy
  • Sinus infections/Allergies
  • Medications (blood pressure, pain medications or antibiotics)
  • Brain diseases/conditions (stroke, dementia, and migraines)
  • Use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs
  • Bleeding

Symptoms of Dizziness

People may complain of lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out, spinning, whirling, or motion, weakness, tiredness, confusion, feeling off balance, headache or head pressure, or nausea.

Dizziness Treatment

Your doctor needs to find the underlying cause of the dizziness in order to treat it.  The treatment depends on the cause.  Most causes are pretty harmless and will go away on their own.  However, sometimes dizziness is a sign of a more serious disease that could become life-threatening.

Vertigo

Vertigo is different from dizziness as it is caused by confliscts between the signals sent to the brain by various balance and position-sensing systems in our body, such as the inner ear. People will have a stronger spinning sensation with vertigo.

Common Causes of Vertigo include:

  • Inner ear disorders
  • Injury to the ear or head
  • Migraine headaches, which are painful and debilitating.
  • Decreased blood flow through the arteries that supply blood to the base of the brain
  • Noncancerous growth in the space behind the eardrum
  • Brain tumors and cancer

Immediate medical attention should be sought if vertigo occurs suddenly with a change in speech or vision or other loss of function.

Flu vs. Pneumonia – Know the Symptoms

What’s the Difference between Flu vs. Pneumonia?

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One of the main differences in the flu vs pneumonia.  One of the main differences is one is a bacterial infection and one is a viral infection.  Do you know which is which?

Below are guidelines to follow to determine what you might have.

The Flu

  • Hits suddenly
  • Usually characterized by fever, a dry cough and head-to-toe body aches.  Other symptoms may include a headache, sore throat and, occasionally nausea and diarrhea.
  • Anti-virals can treat the flu and work the best if they are started within 48 hours of your symptom onset.  If you’re pregnant, over 65, or have any chronic illnesses (such as asthma, emphysema, cancer or heart disease), see your doctor immediately. They may choose to treat you with anti-viral medications.
  • If you are generally healthy, you can call the doctor to see if anti-virals medications are appropriate for you.
  • If you are short of breath, having trouble breathing, or seem to be getting worse with each passing day, call you doctor immediately.

Pneumonia

  • Requires antibiotics to treat
  • Characterized by a significant cough which usually produces phlegm, fever, shortness of breath and fatigue.
  • Adults with the flu describe themselves as feeling wiped out and admit to missing more than one day of work “because I just didn’t have the energy to go.”
  • It comes on gradually (unlike the flu), and typically does not cause severe aches and pains like the flu.

Bronchitis

  • No fever is typically found.
  • Usually has a productive cough and irritated chest but usually doesn’t make you short of breath or fatigued so you are staying in bed or missing work.
  • If you’re a healthy individual and non smoker, you rarely need antibiotics.
  • If you have asthma, smoke, or any illness that affects your lungs, contact us as you may need antibiotics.

Find out more about Bronchitis from our previous blog post – Bronchitis – What You Need to Know

Sinusitis

  • No fever is typically found.
  • Usually does not need antibiotics.
  • Is characterized by thick, colorful mucus and a feeling of a heavy head.
  • Can be treated with over-the-counter therapies (decongestants and saltwater nasal spray) aggressively for seven days. If there is no improvement after 7 days, call us.
If you have the symptoms for pneumonia, be sure to call your doctor or us right away so you can get the antibiotics you need to get better.
Know the symptoms of flu vs. pneumonia. When in doubt – see your doctor or come into to our Urgent Care at the closest location to you.

Is Your Thyroid Making You Gain Weight?

thyroid awareness month

An under-active thyroid can make you overweight even if you don’t eat much. It makes your metabolism slow to a crawl. Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

Check your thyroidHere’s what you may experience with hyperthyroidism:

  • Appetite change (decrease or increase)
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bowel movement—perhaps diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased sweating
  • Irritability
  • Light menstrual periods—perhaps even missed periods
  • Mental disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Problems with fertility
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden paralysis
  • Tremor/shakiness
  • Vision changes
  • Weight loss-but perhaps weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Thinning of hair
  • Itching and hives
  • Possible increase in blood sugar

Do you feel fatigued and sluggish, especially when you wake up in the morning? Are you cold all the time? Do you have dry skin, coarse hair, or hair loss? Are you depressed? Are you constipated? Do you have muscle and joint pains? Do you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism, a potentially dangerous health condition that occurs when there is too little active thyroid hormone in your blood.

While the symptoms above might not sound like a major problem on the surface, a problem with low thyroid can actually have a catastrophic impact on your health and weight. It is often a hidden factor in many diseases, including depression, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menopausal symptoms, muscle and joint pains, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and obesity.

“Half of all people with hypothyroidism are never diagnosed.”

Half of all people with hypothyroidism are never diagnosed. The main reason is that the symptoms are not very specific and are often present for many reasons besides a thyroid disorder. Even if you have all the symptoms of low thyroid function, they can still easily be ignored.

Your doctor may use typical tests for thyroid problems and find that your thyroid appears to be functioning in the ‘normal range’. ‘Normal’ does not mean it is optimum. Many times doctors don’t do the right tests, so your thyroid problems go undetected. You may be told you have borderline thyroid problems or sub-clinical thyroid disease and your doctor will watch it… what will he watch it for? For you to get really sick?

What does your Thyroid do?

The thyroid gland is an organ located in the front of your neck and releases hormones that control your metabolism (the way your body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions in the body. It is a small hormonal gland in your neck that makes the inactive hormone called T4, and the active hormone, T3. T3 is the major metabolism hormone and controls almost every function of the body. If you produce too little T3, or if the T4 you produce is not being properly converted into T3, your whole system goes haywire.

Our Thyroid Solution System provides an entirely new way of thinking about health and disease. This program looks at the body as a whole system and addresses the underlying causes of hypothyroidism. It provides a detailed plan for those who have been on thyroid medication for years and told they would have to stay on it for life; it’s also for those who suspect they have a low-functioning thyroid and wish to reverse it.

Causes of Hyperthyroidism

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease. In this disorder, the body makes an antibody (a protein produced by the body to protect against a virus or bacteria) called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) that causes the thyroid gland to make too much thyroid hormone. Graves’ disease runs in families and is more commonly found in women.

Hyperthyroid Treatments

Hyperthyroidism can be treated with antithyroid medications that interfere with the production of thyroid hormones (primarily methimazole; propylthiouracil is now used only for women in the first trimester of pregnancy). Another option is radioactive iodine therapy to damage the cells that make thyroid hormones. In rare cases in which women do not respond to or have side effects from these therapies, surgery to remove the thyroid (either one part of the entire gland) may be necessary. The choice of treatment will depend on the severity and underlying cause of your symptoms, your age, whether you are pregnant, other conditions you may have, and the potential side effects of the medication.

In addition to these treatments, your doctor may also prescribe beta-blockers to block the effects of thyroid hormones on your body. For example, beta-blockers help slow down a rapid heart rate and reduce hand tremors.

At West Valley Urgent Care, we can run the tests and diagnose Hyperthryroidism and help treat the condition.

Sources:  EndocrineWeb, MayoClinic

What is Walking Pneumonia

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This is the season for pneumonia.  Walking pneumonia is not a medical term.  It is pneumonia, only a mild case of it and easiest to treat. Although the person feels bad, they do not need to be hospitalized.

Symptoms of Walking Pneumonia

After you are exposed to someone with pneumonia (mycoplasma), the symptoms usually show up 15 to 25 days after exposure. These symptoms develop slowly over 2 to 4 days.  Walking pneumonia symptoms include:

  • Cough that can become violent spasms, however very little mucus is produced
  • Mild flu-like symptoms including fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness that lingers after other symptoms may decrease

While not common, some people may also experience an ear infection, anemia or a skin rash.

How is Walking Pneumonia Diagnosed?

It is wise to see a doctor so you can stop the infection and start to feel better.  At your appointment, your doctor will ask you about the symptoms and how long you’ve experienced them.  They will ask if others are showing symptoms or have been diagnosed with pneumonia. Your doctor will also listen to your lungs with a stethoscope.  A blood test is available to identify the mycoplasma infection, however it is rarely used unless a widespread outbreak is occurring.

How is Walking Pneumonia Treated?

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.  Mild infections are not often treated as they tend to clear on their own. Generally, people who follow the antibiotics prescription will feel better within a few days.

Over-the-counter medicines used for flus and cold may not provide complete relief from the symptoms.  It is important to drink plenty of fluids and rest.  Talk to your doctor about all medications you take during your appointment.

If you feel you may be suffering from walking pneumonia, please call to schedule an appointment or walk in to one of our urgent care locations.

Health Alert: Upper Respirator Infections

Health Alert

We are seeing a large number of patients with upper respiratory infections.  If you feel sick, come in before the infection worsens.

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Understanding an Upper Respiratory Infection

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Don’t suffer from the common cold or the flu.

The upper respiratory tract includes our nasal passages, sinuses, pharynx and larynx.  The air we breath is directed through these structures and into our lungs where respiration occurs.  When these get infected, you may experience sneezing, coughing, a sore throat and feeling stuffed up with mucus.

These infections can be either bacterial or viral — and the most common URI (upper respiratory infection) is the common cold — while other infections include sinus infections, laryngitis and tonsilitis.

Causes of an Upper Respiratory Infection

There are over 200 different varieties of viruses which can cause the symptoms of a URI or cold.  The most common is the rhinovirus.

After the virus enters your body, it causes a reaction as your body’s immune system begins to fight it off.  This, in turn, can cause:

  • A Runny nose/increase in mucus production.
  • Swelling of the lining of the nose making it harder to breath and causing congestion
  • Sneezing from your nose being irritated
  • Cough from the increase mucus dripping down your throat

How to Treat a Upper Respiratory Infection

To help you feel better, most URI’s are treated to relieve the symptoms. Some benefit from the use of cough suppressants, expectorants, vitamin C, and zinc to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration.

Nasal decongestants can improve breathing and make you feel a little better; however the treatment can cause rebound nasal congestion

Homeopathic remedies include steam inhalation, gargling with salt water, and the use of a neti pot to reduce congestion.

Analgesics like acetaminophen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) can help reduce fever, aches and pains.

When to See a Doctor for a URI

If you or your child have any of the following conditions, please see your healthcare provider or call us:

  • A fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Symptoms lasting more than 10 days
  • Symptoms that are NOT relieved by over-the-counter drugs.

If you are feeling under the weather, come in and a diagnosis at one of our urgent cares so we can get you back on the road to recovery.

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