Moderate bacterial upper respiratory tract infections

Moderate Bacterial Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Upper respiratory tract infections are common illnesses that can affect the sinuses, throat, and/or bronchial tubes, and can be caused by either viruses or bacteria. Bacterial infections can often become severe and require medical attention while mild infections can usually be managed at home.

Symptoms of moderate bacterial upper respiratory tract infections can include:

  • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue and muscle aches

Bacterial infections should be treated with an antibiotic prescribed by a doctor. In some cases, over-the-counter medication may be effective for relieving symptoms. These remedies may include decongestants, cough suppressants, pain relievers, and fever reducers. Home remedies, such as drinking plenty of fluids and getting plenty of rest, can also help relieve symptoms.

It is important to contact a doctor if symptoms persist despite self-treatment or worsen. More severe bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, can lead to serious health complications and require medical treatment.