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Upper Respiratory Infections

Especially in this era of Covid-19 everyone on the planet has good reason to be  concerned about upper respiratory infections.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

The symptoms are obvious-scratchy throat, runny eyes, sneezing and coughing, and a slight fever.   

Maybe it’s just the start of a cold or maybe it’s something more.   It could be an upper respiratory infection, even Covid-19 or one of it’s dreaded variants.

Here’s how you can avoid one, and what you should do if you have one.

Recognize the Symptoms

Often, an upper respiratory infection will mimic the symptoms of a cold: the patient may run a slight fever, suffer from a scratchy or sore throat, and sneeze or cough often.

This can also be accompanied with feeling slightly achy or chilled, just as with a cold.Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

 Though they usually are not caused by a bacterial infection, a viral infection can be a likely culprit. 

A cold may certainly evolve into an upper respiratory infection.

Any time someone who suffers from emphysema or has had pneumonia begins to develop an upper respiratory infection, medical attention is necessary so the infection won’t worsen and turn into something far worse.

Asthma sufferers must also be careful around those with upper respiratory infections, as they are far more susceptible than the average person.

Avoidance and Treatment

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

One of the best ways to avoid an upper respiratory infection is to stay out of crowds, especially in fall and winter, when the weather and other conditions-such as children returning to school-which may precipitate a more physically crowded environment.

Wash hands often with anti-bacterial soap or if soap and water are unavailable (such as when traveling) use an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer or hand-sanitizing lotion or gel.

Should a coughing or sneezing fit occur, cover the mouth and nose, and try to sneeze “into” the shoulder or elbow to avoid spraying with contaminated mucus or sputum.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

Nowadays, with the Covid pandemic in progress, we are all being encouraged to wear a facial mask around the nose and mouth, and try to avoid large groups, especially of children and the elderly, as these two age groups are far more susceptible to lung trouble and upper respiratory infections.

If the infection doesn’t begin to clear itself from the body within a few days, or if symptoms last longer than 14 days,(or if you know that you have been exposed to or tested positive with the Covid virus) seek medical attention.

Most respiratory infections are caused by an irritant in the mucus membranes of the nose or throat.

Sometimes the irritant can be viral but sometimes be caused by bacteria. If this is the case, a doctor may have to. prescribe anti-biotic medication before the infection evolves into emphysema or pneumonia.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them.

Upper respiratory infections can happen to anyone at any time, but they are more likely to occur in the fall or winter months, and are more likely to cause difficulties for small children, the elderly, or anyone who may already suffer from respiratory difficulties.

The best way to avoid infection is to frequently wash hands, avoid crowds, and seek medical attention when appropriate.

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What’s The Difference Between Allergies And A Cold?

In this article we will be investigating what’s the difference between allergies and a cold?

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

After successfully surviving this winter without a cold, not even a sniffle, I was feeling pretty good about things.  After all, I do write articles about staying healthy.  Thus, I am supposed to stay healthy and not be sick.

Then it happened!   All of a sudden I began to feel a little bit puny, started sneezing, and developed a runny nose.  As a person who doesn’t usually experience allergies, I was puzzled.

I had not even been around anyone who had a cold.

  But one afternoon when I was cleaning for a friend who had been hospitalized and undergoing rehab for several months, I did kick up a lot of dust, mixed with powder and cat hair that had been there for many months.

At first, I just thought I was extra tired because of having had a couple long, hard days of doing physical work.

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

However, when the sneezing and sniffles showed up, I started analyzing.  What is this?  Do I have a cold?  Have I developed a new allergy that I never had before?

Thus, I looked at common symptoms of colds and of allergies. 

My conclusion was that most likely I had acquired a dust mite allergy, which did go away in a few days.


Usually last between 3 and 14 days

Usually occurs in the winter

Frequent coughing

Sometimes the person aches

Sometimes fatigue

Often a sore throat

Itchy, watery eyes is rare

Often a runny nose




Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

Could last days to months, as long as you are exposed to it

Could occur anytime or be seasonal

Sometimes coughing

No aches

Sometimes fatigue

Often itchy, watery eyes

Sometimes a sore throat

Often a runny nose



A cold is caused by a virus and is contagious. An allergy can be caused by many things, but is not contagious.

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

What really causes an allergic reaction is your own immune system.

Allergies get started because of exposure.   Even though you’ve been there many times, for some reason this time, the body flags it as an invader.

At this time the immune system studies the allergy and gets ready for the next exposure by developing antibodies, which are special cells designed to protect it.

That activates other cells called mast cells. The mast cells are responsible for allergy symptoms in the lungs, skin, lining of the nose and the intestinal tract.

There are various kinds of allergens:

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold.

Certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs and milk.

Insect stings.

Medications, such as penicillin.

Latex, or other things you touch.

Many people become allergy victims from time to time.  If you are one of those people, you may want to take a look at some natural ways to avoid that nuisance condition.

To start with, there may be certain foods you could avoid, such as dairy products and sugar.

Otherwise, don’t eat the kind of foods that contribute to mucous and congestion.

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

There are also certain foods that may be helpful such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and flax seed.  You may need to drink more fluids, especially water, too.

There are also things you can do in your environment to help reduce the likelihood of getting allergies:

*Wash your bedding each week to avoid dust mites

*Use non-toxic cleaning products

*Wear a mask when doing yard work, gardening, or working in dusty conditions

*Clean your living environment.

*Clean or replace your carpet

*Get rid of clutter that collects allergens

*Check your house for mold and pollen. Get a dehumidifier

*Wash your clothes after working outside

The above lists of what to do and what not to do could probably go on and on.

As with most issues in life which affect our health, obviously the better you have taken care of yourself on a daily basis, the fewer problems you should have with other issues, such as allergies.

So, in my opinion, the standard advice applies here, too. Eat your veggies, take your vitamins, exercise, and get plenty of sleep, and drink lots of water ( one-half an ounce of water daily for each pound you weigh).

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?


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