What is a respiratory tract infection? A respiratory tract infection (RTI) is an infection that affects the respiratory tract, which is a general term used to describe the parts of our body involved in breathing, including the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), airways and lungs. 1 RTIs are very common, especially…

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Bacterial or Viral RTI? Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are mostly caused by either viruses or bacterium. Most upper RTIs are caused by viruses, which cannot be treated with antibiotics (these only work on bacterial infections). Our immune system can fight off most viral infections by itself1. Some lower RTIs like pneumonia are caused by bacteria.…

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When it comes to respiratory tract infections (RTIs), one common question we ask ourselves is “Do I need to see a doctor?” Most RTIs will clear up by themselves in one to two weeks, and symptoms can usually be treated at home.1 However, some people are more at risk for complications from the infection and…

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Still have questions about RTIs after looking through this website? Find your answers here. If you do not find your answer, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist or call your GP. Antibiotics, treatment, and vaccination If I have an RTI, should I take antibiotics? Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. This means they…

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Who is at risk? Although anyone can suffer from a respiratory tract infection (RTI), which is highly common, some of us are more vulnerable to the infection. These include1,2: Knowing who is at high risk can help us to be more attentive to our and others’ health, seek medical advice in time, and avoid possible…

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