Font Size

Upper Respiratory Infection (cont.)

Upper Respiratory Infection Follow-up

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 with unwashed hands;
  • cover your 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).
  • modify your lifestyle through smoking cessation andstress management, which 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 seeking 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 Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2017

Must Read Articles Related to Upper Respiratory Infection

Bronchitis (Chronic)
Bronchitis Bronchitis is acute or chronic inflamma...learn more >>
Colds The cold is the most commonly occurring illness in...learn more >>
Coughs A cough is a symptom of an underlying disease or condition. A chronic or persistent cough may signal certain lung conditions that should be evaluated by a healt...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Upper Respiratory Infection:

Upper Respiratory Infection - Experience

Tell us your experience with upper respiratory infection.

Upper Respiratory Infection - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your upper respiratory infection?

Upper Respiratory Infection - Home Remedies

Tell us your home remedies for upper respiratory infection?

Medical Dictionary