Upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) is a common viral infection that affects the nose, throat and airways. It usually resolves within 10 days. It spreads by coughs and sneezes, kissing or shared drinks or by touching a contaminated surface.
Symptoms usually resolve within two weeks and include:
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Stuffy nose
Treatment includes rest and medication to relieve symptoms. Homeopathic treatment is individualistic by identifying the characteristic symptoms of the respiratory infections. In case of acute respiratory infection caused by the sudden onset of throat pain a single dose of Aconite gives total relief, but if the infection is settled in throat with marked redness then Belladonna and Hepar Sulph are used depending upon the progress of the disease.
If not treated in time they could develop into bronchitis and pneumonia. They may also develop into lower respiratory infection with severe bronchitis and asthma type of symptoms. These occasionally result in respiratory failure and become emergency cases as they behave like H1N1.
Frequently Asked Qustions
How contagious is an upper respiratory infection?
Most often, upper respiratory infection is contagious and can spread from person to person by inhaling respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. The transmission can also occur by touching the nose or mouth by hand or other object exposed to the virus.
How long do upper respiratory infections last?
The symptoms of a cold start from 1 to 3 days after your child has been in contact with the cold virus. Usually, the symptoms last about one week, but this varies in each child, and may last even up to 2 weeks. The following are the most common symptoms of a cold.