How Long Do Upper Respiratory Infections Last?

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how long do upper respiratory infections last

When are feeling crummy with a cold or upper respiratory infection, usually the first thing you want to know is how to treat the illness. The next question that patients typically ask is how long they will be sick and feeling the symptoms that they are feeling. So, we attempt to answer as best we can, “How long do upper respiratory infections last?”.

Mild infections typically last about 3 to 7 days, with more severe infections lasting about 14 days. If your symptoms linger longer, you could have another type of infection, such as sinusitis, an allergy, bronchitis, or pneumonia. While you are coughing, sneezing and experiencing a sore throat, you may be contagious. Upper respiratory infections are the most common type of illness that keeps people out of work. If our online doctors are treating you, and you need an online doctor note, you can request one during your virtual doctor appointment session.

Upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses 98% of the time. Depending on the virus the symptoms may last longer or shorter. Each virus also varies with regards to the onset of the symptoms from the time that the virus entered the body. This period is called the incubation time. While antibiotics are rarely needed in the case of upper respiratory infection treatment, home remedies are very effective at treating the various symptoms that you might be encountering.

Start your treatment today and get a virtual doctor appointment with one of our online doctors. We treat patients that are located in the state of California. You can begin the treatment by filling out the online patient interview. Once you submit your OPI, you’ll receive treatment options including a way to speak to a doctor online using our online doctor service, for the one-time price of $30.

We treat other infections including colds, eye allergies, pink eye, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and yeast infections. We’d love to treat you.

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