February 10, 2018
So you’ve come down with a nasty bug that’s been making the rounds.
If you think you have an upper respiratory infection (URI) — which includes the common cold, sinus infections, chest colds (bronchitis) — there’s a lot you can do at home to feel better faster.
You’ll have infections like these many times throughout your life, so learning what helps the most (and the least) is worth your time. What to Expect with an Upper Respiratory Infection?
More than 90 percent of upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses. These infections create different symptoms at each stage. Most colds and flus go away in about a week, although some symptoms (like coughing) can take two or three weeks to go away completely.
Your immune system’s job is to eradicate viral and bacterial infections from your body. It’s very effective as long as you provide it with the proper support. The best way to do that is to rest. Being stressed out or not getting enough sleep releases hormones that suppress your immune system.
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