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Upper Respiratory Infections


Telemedicine & Virtual Urgent Care located in San Jose, CA

If you can’t treat sinus pressure or a persistent cough on your own, the TeleMDs team of board-certified physicians can help. Through virtual video chats, you can receive the treatment you need no matter where you are. Based in San Jose, California, the TeleMDs medical staff works closely with health care facilities throughout Northern California, including the Bay Area, San Francisco, and Sacramento. The physicians provide one-on-one consultations to evaluate your symptoms and recommend the right course of treatment. Call TeleMDs today to schedule an evaluation for an upper respiratory infection or request a virtual appointment online.

Upper Respiratory Infections Q & A

What is an upper respiratory infection?

An upper respiratory infection is a contagious condition that affects the structures of your upper respiratory tract, including your throat, nose, larynx, and bronchi.

The infection occurs when bacteria or a virus enters and settles in your respiratory tract. As the infection worsens, it can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

Some of the common types of upper respiratory infections include:

  • Colds
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Strep throat
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections

The TeleMDs physicians can diagnose and treat many types of upper respiratory infections virtually by evaluating your symptoms and reviewing your medical history.

When should I seek treatment for an upper respiratory infection?

You can schedule a telemedicine evaluation for an upper respiratory infection if you have symptoms that aren’t resolving with home care or they’re getting worse, even with treatment.

The providers at TeleMDs offer virtual evaluations through easily accessible video chat technology on your smartphone or computer, no matter where you are. They take time to discuss how long you’ve experienced symptoms and how they impact your daily life.

You can contact the TeleMDs team if you have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection like:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Ear pain
  • Sinus pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Persistent cough

The team recommends a virtual visit if you develop unexplained pain or experience shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties. A diagnostic assessment is especially important if you have underlying respiratory issues, such as asthma or chronic allergies.

How is an upper respiratory infection treated?

For some conditions, like bronchitis or strep throat, your TeleMDs provider may first recommend additional diagnostic testing at an affiliated hospital or urgent care center to confirm your infection.

If you have symptoms that relate to a sinus or ear infection, your TeleMDs physician may be able to call in a prescription for antibiotics at your local pharmacy without the need for an in-office visit.

Your provider can also recommend over-the-counter medications and other resources to keep you comfortable as you recover. Since viral infections aren’t treatable with antibiotics and need to run their course, you need to get plenty of rest and limit your activities until you recover.

Your TeleMDs physician may request a follow-up evaluation online at a later time to ensure your treatment is working well and you’re feeling better.

If you suspect you have an upper respiratory infection, don’t delay a virtual diagnostic evaluation. You can contact TeleMDs online or make an appointment by calling the office today.