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Doctors Warn of Upper Respiratory Infections This Season

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Dr. Laurie Nall with MD360 Convenient Care in Powdersville says the flu season has started, but she's warning of upper respiratory infections or URIs.

“I haven't seen the flu hit with its full impact yet, so that remains to be seen regarding the flu,” said Dr. Nall. “But we’ve definitely have had our fair share of upper respiratory tract infections this season so far."

The infection attacks the head and chest and can be caused by different viruses. Dr. Nall says patients typically start off with a cough, then aches and a scratchy, sore throat.

“If your cough last or you start getting fevers with it or any shortness of breath then you really should be checked,” said Nall.

Nall say it's important to pay attention to your body and its warning signs. That's because an upper respiratory infection can lead to other complications like ear infections, sinusitis and some form of bronchitis.

Dr. Nall also adds if you have certain underlying medical condition, like diabetes, asthma or COPD chronic bronchitis, you need to go to your doctor sooner than most.

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