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Upper Respiratory Infection (cont.)


Most upper respiratory infections resolve within a few days and no follow-up is required.

Upper Respiratory Infection Prevention

We live in a social world in which people come into close contact with others every day.

Upper respiratory infection prevention includes:

  • avoiding people who are ill;
  • if you are ill, remain at home until you are no longer contagious;
  • avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth;
  • cover the cough and sneeze; sneezes and coughs should be covered with the elbow or sleeve - not the hand; and
  • wash your hands often, and properly (20 seconds or more with soap and warm water).
  • Lifestyle modifications such as smoking cessation andstress management may decrease your susceptibility to catching the common cold.

Upper Respiratory Infection Prognosis (Outlook)

Upper respiratory infections are a common occurrence and most people will get two to four colds per year. Research continues to try to find vaccines and treatments that can lessen the symptoms of a cold and perhaps decrease the number of infections a person will get each year.

Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine

REFERENCE: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; "Common Cold."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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