A respiratory infection is an infection that affects the respiratory system, which includes the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs. Respiratory infections can be caused by a variety of organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Symptoms of a respiratory infection can include coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, and fever. In some cases, respiratory infections can lead to more serious complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
To prevent respiratory infections, it’s important to practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. You should also avoid close contact with people who are sick, and try to stay away from crowded places during cold and flu season. If you do get a respiratory infection, it’s important to get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and avoid smoking and other activities that could irritate your respiratory system. In some cases, your healthcare provider may prescribe medication to help treat the infection.