Respiratory tract infections

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Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are a very common type of condition that affect the nose, sinuses, throat, airways or lungs.

Children are especially vulnerable to these, since their immune systems are still building up a resistance to the viruses and bacteria that cause RTIs.

If you think you or your child may be suffering from an RTI, or have been experiencing extended coughing, wheezing or other breathing problems, speak to a doctor today.

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Lower and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Respiratory tract infections are split into two groups, depending on the area they affect:

Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Symptoms:

These are infections of the airways and lungs and include:

Lower RTIs typically involve a tight feeling in the chest, breathlessness, an increased rate of breathing, wheezing and coughing - sometimes with mucus being coughed up.

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Symptoms:

This type of RTI affects your sinuses, throat and nose and includes:

Symptoms usually involve headaches, a runny and/or blocked nose, sneezing, a sore throat, muscle aches and coughing.

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Diagnosing and treating RTIs

Since RTIs can be caused by viruses or bacteria and have many similar symptoms, it can be very hard to know what kind you’ve got.

Our doctors can discuss your symptoms, diagnose what type of RTI you have and prescribe the necessary medication to help you get better.

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1. Book an appointment

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3. Start feeling better

As well as treatment advice, our doctors can issue prescriptions and referrals following your consultation.
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