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Respiratory Tract Infections - NHS Advice

We have received information from the NHS regarding Respiratory Tract infections which we have been asked to share with you. Full information can be found on the poster below - please click HERE to download.

 

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Over recent weeks, our local NHS services have seen an increase in the number of adults and children with cold or flu-like symptoms and associated respiratory illnesses.


Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) can affect the upper respiratory tract, such as the sinuses and throat (e.g. common cold, tonsillitis), or the lower respiratory tract, such as the airways and lungs (e.g. chest infection, pneumonia). Most RTIs pass within 2 weeks and will get better without treatment, but sometimes you may need to see your GP.


Treatment from your GP will depend on whether your RTI is caused by a virus or bacteria. Antibiotics are only used to treat bacterial infections. They do not work for viral infections.


You can find out more about RTIs, including the symptoms, how to treat them and where to go for more help, on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/respiratory-tract-infection/ (Click HERE)


The chart below has been designed to help you choose the right type of care to access for a range of illnesses and injuries.

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