Common Illnesses | Respiratory

Respiratory Illness Overview & Facts

Respiratory illnesses include any virus, bacteria, or pathogen that affects the lungs or respiratory system. These illnesses are quite common in children and young adults, and may or may not be serious depending on unique factors.

Respiratory Illness Symptoms & Types

Several types of common respiratory illnesses may affect children during their initial development.

  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Flu
  • Common Cold
  • COVID-19

The symptoms of a respiratory illness will vary according to the patient. However, look for these common signs:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wet or dry coughing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing or gasping for air
  • General exhaustion or malaise

Respiratory Illness Causes

Respiratory illnesses can be caused by bacteria, viral infections, genetic factors, and even environmental hazards. Speak with your pediatrician to identify potential causes.

Respiratory Illness Treatment & Care

Not all respiratory illnesses require emergency treatment, but they should never be allowed to grow worse. Signs of respiratory sickness should be addressed by a knowledgeable pediatrician as soon as possible.

Respiratory Illness Prevention

Like many other viral cases of flu and cold, the best form of prevention against respiratory illness is to practice good hygiene and habits.

  • Exercise often and frequently.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Wash your hands before every meal.
  • Get plenty of rest each night.
  • Do not remain near others who are sick.

If you have respiratory concerns over your after your regular pediatrician’s office is closed for the day, or on the weekend, we invite you to visit our Midlothian AfterHours location. There is no appointment needed and we accept most major insurance plans.