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A respiratory infection is an illness that affects part of the respiratory system, such as the lungs, nose, or throat. A respiratory infection that is caused by a virus is called a viral respiratory infection.
This condition is caused by a virus. The virus may spread through contact with droplets or direct contact with infected people or their mucus or secretions. The virus may spread from person to person (is contagious).
Antibiotic medicines are not prescribed for viral infections.This is because antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria. They do not kill viruses.
Managing pain and congestion
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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