How Long Does Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) Last?
Some articles that I read, ISPA mostly experienced by children, what about adults who experience this pain? What factors influence it? How long is the normal limit of this respiratory tract infection to last? Due to the increasing number of days of difficulty breathing, is this one of the consequences? Thank you doctor 🙏
Hello Iretna, thank you for using HealthReplies.com.
Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) is a viral or bacterial infection of the respiratory tract from the nose to the lungs, which causes symptoms of coughing, runny nose, accompanied by fever. There are several groups of people who are more susceptible to ARI, namely children and the elderly, adults with weak immune systems, sufferers of heart and lung disorders, and active smokers.
Symptoms of an acute respiratory infection last between 1-2 weeks. Most sufferers will experience improvement of symptoms after the first week, depending on the bacterial / viral virulence and the body's defenses. These symptoms are coughing, sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever, headache, and muscle aches.
ARI is most often caused by a virus, so it will heal itself without the need for special treatment. However, if the symptoms have lasted more than two weeks, the fever does not improve with the consumption of fever-lowering drugs, and increasingly shortness of breath, I recommend that you consult directly with a specialist in internal medicine, so that a thorough examination can be carried out, such as questions and answers, examination of signs vital, physical examination of the throat, chest, and supporting examinations if necessary, such as heart records, routine blood laboratories, and chest x-ray examination, so that treatment can be given according to your diagnosis.
As for the things you can do right now, which are:
Increase the rest and consumption of water Eating warm lemon drinks or honey to help relieve coughing. Gargling with warm water that is given salt, if experiencing sore throat. Inhale steam from a bowl of hot water that has been mixed with eucalyptus oil or menthol to relieve nasal congestion. Position the head higher when sleeping by using an extra pillow, to expel breathing. Consuming heat-lowering drugs such as paracetamol with the dosage listed on the packaging of the drug Use a mask if you want to go to a polluted, dusty, and smoky place. Consuming nutritious foods to improve the body's defenses Not smoking That is the information I can give, hopefully it can help you.