Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

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 touching a contaminated surface.

Symptoms usually resolve in two weeks and include:

  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough


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 Heper Sulph are used depending upon the progress of the disease.

If Ignored

  1. Pneumonia
  2. Middle ear infection
  3. Bronchitis
  4. Acute Bronchitis
  5. Cough
  6. Hearing Loss
  7. Headache
  8. Sore Throat

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Frequently Asked Qustions

What causes an upper respiratory infection?

A runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, and sputum production are the hallmark symptoms of URIs. Symptoms are caused by inflammation of the mucous membranes in the upper respiratory tract.

How long do upper respiratory infections last?

The symptoms of upper respiratory infection usually last between 3-14 days; if symptoms last longer than 14 days, an alternative diagnosis can be considered such as, sinusitis, allergy, pneumonia, or bronchitis.