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Upper Respiratory Infection

Upper Respiratory Infection - Quick Relief and Expert Care

Your trusted destination for efficient and compassionate healthcare services. Today, we focus on upper respiratory infections (URIs), often referred to as the common cold. URIs can disrupt your daily routine, but with our timely treatment, you’ll be back to feeling your best in no time.

Understanding Upper Respiratory Infections

The human respiratory tract consists of two sections: the upper and lower tract. The upper tract includes the nose, sinuses, pharynx/throat, and larynx/voice box, while the lower tract comprises the lungs and windpipe.

A URI, also known as the common cold, can lead to missed work or school days if left untreated. While not life-threatening, it’s essential to seek care at Midwest Express Clinic if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Earaches
  • Fever

It’s important to note that these symptoms are similar to those of the influenza virus, but the flu typically involves body aches, sore muscles, and a higher-grade fever.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an URI last?

Without treatment, URIs can persist for up to 10 days. If your symptoms don’t improve within 7-10 days, we recommend visiting Midwest Express Clinic for evaluation and to rule out more severe conditions.

What happens if I don't seek medical care for my URI?

Untreated URIs can lead to worsening symptoms and may result in conditions such as bacterial sinusitis, acute otitis media, or bacterial pharyngitis.

What treatment options are available?

When inflammation is a factor, our medical practitioners may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce upper airway inflammation. Antibiotics might also be recommended if there is evidence of a bacterial infection.

Is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

Yes, URIs are highly contagious. They can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks, contact with contaminated surfaces, or skin-to-skin contact. Taking precautions to prevent the spread of the infection is crucial.

What should I do if over-the-counter medications aren't helping my URI or cold symptoms?

If you find that over-the-counter remedies aren’t providing relief for your upper respiratory infection or cold, it’s advisable to visit a Midwest Express Clinic location. Our experienced team is ready to provide you with effective treatment and help you feel better quickly. Your well-being is our top priority.

I have concerns about the cost of treatment. What can I do?

If you’re worried about the cost of visiting our clinic, there are options to consider:

  • Check with your health insurance provider. Most plans cover a significant portion of your visit, with a copay being your responsibility. You can find a full list of accepted insurance plans here.
  • If you don’t have health insurance, Midwest Express Clinic offers discounted self-pay pricing. Feel free to call ahead and ask our receptionist for details on pricing options.
  • Medicaid is also accepted at our clinic, providing an additional option for those in need of care.

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