Upper Respiratory Infection Treatment Online

Speak to a board-certified doctor, securely from your phone or computer, and get upper respiratory infection treatment online. There are many treatment options a doctor can recommend to help you recover faster.

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Acute Upper Respiratory Infection Treatment

Acute Upper Respiratory Infection Treatment

With our same day upper respiratory infection treatment service, you can meet with an online doctor and be treated within minutes. Instead of going to your doctor in person you can conveniently meet with a top PlushCare doctor online and get diagnosed and prescribed any necessary medication.


An acute upper respiratory infection is contagious and occurs when bacteria or a virus enters the system. The most common type of acute upper respiratory infection is the common cold, but other types include pharyngitissinusitis, epiglottitis, and tracheobronchitis. It’s important to get treated quickly, as untreated conditions may worsen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of an acute upper respiratory infection?

Upper respiratory infection symptoms may vary depending on the severity and where the infection is located, but may include: Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, inability to smell, cough, coughing up phlegm, wheezing, body aches, fatigue, fever, scratchy or sore throat, pain when swallowing, headache, sinus pain, foul breath, shortness of breath, itchy, watery eyes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

What are the best at-home treatments for an upper respiratory infection?

Many mild respiratory infections can usually be treated at home. Treatment includes: Rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding cold, dry air, over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to reduce pain and bring down a fever, antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can reduce nasal congestion, cough medicine (can be over the counter or prescription), honey can reduce a cough, especially when added to tea, oral or nasal decongestants reduce nasal congestion, steroids like dexamethasone (Decadron) and prednisone may reduce inflammation in airways, inhale steam or use a humidifier, gargle saltwater, saline nasal rinse.

When should I see a doctor for a cough?

If you’ve had an upper respiratory infection for more than 3 days with no signs of improvement and/or worsening symptoms, you may benefit from speaking with a doctor. The doctor will diagnose your condition as viral or bacterial and recommend an effective treatment course. If your infection is bacterial antibiotics will be prescribed. If your infection is viral symptom management methods will be prescribed to help you recover.

Can a cold be treated online?

Yes, online doctors can treat colds, coughs, congestion, and upper respiratory infections. The online doctor will meet with you via phone or video to discuss your symptoms, assess your medical condition, make a diagnosis, and recommend a course of treatment, including any necessary prescription medications that are not classified as a controlled substance. You can meet with a top online doctor here.

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    Lisa S.

    Crystal Lake, IL

    DR. Allan Marks has helped my daughter two times and we cannot recommend them enough. My daughter has ADHD and can't wait in a waiting room forever. This was the fastest and easiest way to get my daughter diagnosed and pick up a script. One time we used this service when no other doctor was open. Plush care was available! My daughter didn't have to even leave the house in 6 degree weather (would have made her MORE SICK). She had severe sinus infection and Dr. was not only clear and nice but looked up holiday pharmacy hours ahead of time to make sure I could pick up the script in time! AWESOME! 2nd time went just as smooth. Thank you!

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    Patrick S.

    Alpharetta, GA

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is so easy and quick. I had a cold virus that turned into a sinus infection. I pulled over on my way to a meeting to video chat w a doctor. He was attentive, kind, and efficient. After a few questions, he diagnosed my ailment. The call took less than 10 mins. Prescription was at the pharmacy later that day. I will be a client for a long time. Thank you.

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    I never review Apps, but this has been the quickest and most convenient doctor experience(s) I’ve ever had. It cost me no more than what I would have paid to visit an office. I’ve had two appointments and one was done in the comfort of my own living room and the second on my break at work. As a full time worker, full time student, and full time mom, the convenience cannot be beat. I met with Dr. Saremi who is very personable and kind. He immediately resolved my reasons for calling during both appointments. He was competent and trustworthy and valued my time. Can’t recommend this enough.