Why Test for Respiratory Co-infections?
Have you experienced coughing, sneezing, sore throat, headache, body ache, and fever? Express health care offers effective testing for respiratory co-infections. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Berwyn Height, MD.
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It is a good idea to test for respiratory co-infections. Respiratory infections are not all the same and can require different ways of being treated. A respiratory syncytial virus can be linked to bacterial pneumonia. Bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. Respiratory syncytial viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics, but require treatment of the symptoms until the body’s immune system can defeat it. Being tested for co-infections allows for the identification of all infections and proper treatment.
Testing for co-infections also allows for a better diagnosis and determination of the outcome of the illness. Each illness can have different timelines for recovery, as well as requiring different treatments. Each infection can have different periods of symptoms, contagious periods, and duration. It is valuable to know what these are so that you can take the proper precautions for work and family.
Co-infections can have varying effects. They can have no impact on the primary cause of illness. They can make a primary respiratory infection worse. Or they can be beneficial. These outcomes can happen on multiple levels of interactions, whether in the illness itself or in the combination of drugs used to treat the illness. What is more important is when co-infections are present, they can complicate the primary infection, leading to far worse outcomes for your health.
It is becoming more common that COVID-19 will happen with existing infections. While it isn’t a high percentage at this point in time, the evidence is present. In cases where COVID-19 is severe or has been present for a long time, other opportunistic infections are impacting overall health. Understanding when co-infections will lead to more problematic health concerns is very important.
A respiratory co-infection happens when you have multiple infections of the respiratory system at the same time. This can be seen in individuals who have COVID-19 and become infected with bacterial pneumonia. This can happen when sinusitis is left untreated and can lead to meningitis. Each infection is capable of developing on its own but may find an opportunity when you are already infected by something else.
Respiratory tract infections are infections of the body’s breathing system and includes the sinuses, airways, throat, and lungs. Most of the time your respiratory tract infection will go away on its own, as most of them are viral infections. There are times when you may need to see a doctor.
Respiratory infections have a number of common symptoms and pointing out one that is most common is difficult. The symptoms include:
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Sore throat
– Tight chest, breathlessness, or wheezing
– Muscle aches
– A general unwell feeling
Your healthcare provider will often diagnose a respiratory infection based on your symptoms and a physical exam. They will look in your nose, throat, and ears. They will listen to your chest and check your breathing. Most of the time you will not need other tests.
If there are concerns that you may have some kind of infection, other tests may be required that include:
– Lung X-ray
– Lung Ct scan
– Pulmonary functions test, or oxygen test
– Throat swab
– Nasal swab
– Sputum test (for this test you cough up sputum or phlegm to be examined)
Express Healthcare provides testing for all kinds of illnesses including respiratory tract infections. Since COVID-19 is still a concern and the winter months are coming up soon, con-infections are quite likely. We can provide quick diagnoses of many of these common infections and get you started on the treatment you need. We provide walk-ins and can make appointments to help you when you need them. We serve patients from College Park MD, Acredale MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Old Town MD.