Upper respiratory infections are keeping Dr. Thomas Stout at Ingham Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional, busy this week.
The symptoms Dr. Stout is treating are: runny or stuffy nose, itchy or sore throat, cough and congestion.
Although the flu and common cold have similar symptoms, cold symptoms are generally much milder than the flu.
To treat an upper respiratory infection, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.
Many U.R.I.s will clear up on their own.
You can suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a sore throat.
If you have asthma, you may want to call your doctor. You should stick to your prescribed regimen.
You should also call a doctor if your cough is severe, or if it's accompanied by a fever.
If you have a high fever and all-over body aches, you may have the flu, and not just an upper respiratory infection.
Upper respiratory infections generally last one to two weeks.