What to do for upper respiratory infection?

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a case of the sniffles. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. An Upper Respiratory Infection can be a real pain in the sinus, but with these tips and tricks you’ll be back on your feet and feeling better in no time.

Know Your Symptoms

Before we dive into treatment, let’s make sure we know what we’re dealing with here. An Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) typically includes symptoms such as:

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue

Pro Tip: If you become so congested that your eyes bug out like an owl, just remember it’s only temporary!

The common cold is also considered a type of URI – which means there really isn’t much difference between them when figuring out how to manage symptoms.

Get Some Rest!

Very little work was done by ‘burning both ends’ – Winston Churchill.
When our body starts fighting off illness, it uses up quite a bit of energy. This is why getting plenty-rest-is important; although laying around all day may seem boring or unproductive it IS helping speed-up recovery time more than most things!

Pro tip: Do not use “I’m sick” as an easy way out of doing something productive, unless laying down qualifies as being productive 😉

Hydration Station!

Drinking lots and lots (and preferably lots more after that…) water helps flush-out all toxins from one’s system so if mild dehydration can happen easily due excessive fever/ coughing etc.; thus evermore scum piles up inside leaving bacteria room-for-expansion – leading-to further complications / infections down-the-road!

Pro Tip: Imagine drinking fluids like they are going out-of-style because basically THEY ARE GOING OUT-OF-STYLE!

So drink up to clear that UR-Icky infection!

Keep Up with Medication

Common over-the-counter medications can help alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with an Upper Respiratory Infection. You may want to consider taking:

  • Pain relief medication (e.g acetaminophen)
  • Cough suppressant or expectorant
    breaks down congestion
  • Antihistamines and/or decongestants
    usually takes-around two weeks-to cure a URI naturally; however, medications-taken-as-prescribed by one’s doctors-could potentially speed-up healing time.

Pro Tip: Make sure you know all potential side-effects before starting any new medication / keep track of how many times per day / days-in-a-row allow for safe dosage levels.

Steam Your Way to Recovery

A hot shower, steam from boiling water, or even using a humidifier can be used as helpful natural remedies as they are wonderful at providing much-needed relief-at-a-time when-your nostrils-feel-like dried-prunes! When breathing in the warm mist it helps loosen mucus within nasal passages ensuring quicker removal ‘from-there’ and also provides-much-needed moisturize.

Pro tip: Don’t try steam therapy while there’s actual boiling on the stove-top – put-on-an oven mitt at least…

Stock-up On Vitamins & Nutrients

Eating additional nutrient-rich foods such vitamin c-containing fruits, poultry-and-light meats like chicken/turkey/fish/nuts-seeds necessarily boost immunity which leads towards speedy recovery cause….giving our bodies gifts-from-nature always pays-off!

Here’re Some Foods To Consider…

Food Items Health Benefits
Citrus Fruits High Vitamin C Content
Chicken Soup Hydration + Protein Rich
Spicy Foods Clears Congestion
Garlic and Onions Boosts Immune Function

Pro Tip: Don’t mix garlic with socializing unless you’re around people who will love you enough to look past your bad breath.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! These simple tips and tricks should help ease the discomfort felt during an Upper Respiratory Infection, allowing you to focus on getting back to health in no-time!

Just-Remember,you’ve got this hop over the barrier like long jump pro & take charge of that URI once-and-for-all; at least until next wintertime’s round two – Keep Healthy Everybody!

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