Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center
James A. White, III, MD
Otolaryngologist located in Alexandria, LA
If you’ve ever had a common cold, you’ve also experienced an upper respiratory infection and the coughing, sneezing, and nasal congestion that comes with it. Dr. White, an expert ENT specialist in Alexandria, Louisiana, can help you feel better again with comprehensive upper respiratory care. Schedule a visit to Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center if you’re experiencing severe throat pain, sinus irritation, or cold symptoms.
Sore Throat and Upper Respiratory Infection Q & A
What is an upper respiratory infection?
The upper respiratory tract includes the mouth, nose, larynx (voice box), trachea, and throat. While any part of the upper respiratory tract can contract an infection, the most well-known upper respiratory infection is the common cold. It’s one of the most common illnesses in the world.
Other upper respiratory infections include sinusitis, which impacts the sinuses, and conditions like epiglottitis and laryngitis, which affect the throat, voice box, and airways.
Symptoms of an upper respiratory infection include a sore throat, nasal congestion, coughing, headaches, pain, and fever.
What causes an upper respiratory infection?
Hundreds of different types of viruses and bacteria cause upper respiratory infections. The rhinovirus most often causes the common cold. Once the virus or bacteria is in your body, your immune system reacts, resulting in congestion, sneezing, coughing, and more.
Upper respiratory infections are highly communicable, and, when you’re in close contact with someone who’s sick, you’re at risk of contracting an infection. If your immune system is compromised, you may be more likely to get an upper respiratory infection.
Make sure you keep surfaces clean, wash your hands frequently, and cover your mouth when you cough to help prevent the spread of upper respiratory infections.
What can I expect from upper respiratory infection treatment?
Dr. White diagnoses your upper respiratory infection treatment by drawing on his decades of experience as an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Dr. White can help you beat your infection and get back to feeling normal again -- especially if you’re suffering from a severe sore throat.
Dr. White treats viral and bacterial upper respiratory infections differently. Addressing symptoms treats viral upper respiratory infections, while antibiotics treat bacterial upper respiratory infections. Standard treatments include decongestants and pain relievers paired with vitamins and increased fluid intake.
The team at Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center has years of experience helping patients overcome upper respiratory infections and severe sore throats. Call Dr. White’s office at 318-231-2670 or 318-443-1886 today to address your upper respiratory infection symptoms right away.