An upper respiratory
infection, also called a URI, is an infection of the nose, sinuses, or throat.
Viruses or bacteria can cause URIs. Colds, the flu, and sinusitis are examples
of URIs. These infections are spread by coughs, sneezes, and close contact.
A URI can
worsen COPD symptoms, such as having too much mucus in your lungs, coughing, or
being short of breath.
Exercise and eat well
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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