Most adults and older children have several respiratory infections each year. Respiratory problems can be as minor as the common cold or as serious as pneumonia. They may affect the upper respiratory system (nose, mouth, sinuses, and throat) or the lower bronchial tubes and lungs. See a picture of the respiratory system.
Upper respiratory system
The upper respiratory system includes the nose, mouth, sinuses, and throat. When you have an upper respiratory infection, you may feel uncomfortable, have a stuffy nose, and sound very congested. Other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection include:Facial pain or pressure.A runny or stuffy nose, which may lead to blockage of the nasal passages and cause you to breathe through your mouth.A sore throat.Irritability, restlessness, poor appetite, and decreased activity level.Coughing, especially when lying down.Fever that occurs suddenly and may reach 103°F (39°C) or higher.
Lower respiratory system
The lower respiratory system includes the bronchial tubes and lungs. Respiratory problems are less common in the lower respiratory system than upper respiratory system.
Controlling your indoor air quality can help in reducing problems like these. Call AMT Environmental at 917-257-3545 for a complete indoor air quality analysis.