Not being able to breathe normally can send even the calmest person into a panic. Ultimately, we need our lungs to function properly to get the oxygen we need. That’s what makes respiratory infections — which affect our airways — so unwelcome.
Pair that with the fact that the medical field still doesn’t have a way to treat most respiratory infections and the situation can be downright scary.
Fortunately, Dr. Peymon Zarreii and our team at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics are here to help. At our office in Delray Beach, Florida, Dr. Zarreii can identify any treatment options that could help with your infection.
However, since treatment can be elusive, we also want to make sure you know how to prevent respiratory infections in the first place. Here are three steps you can take.
Wash your hands
Many respiratory infections spread through respiratory droplets, tiny bits of moisture that leave a person’s mouth when they breathe — and especially when they cough or sneeze. If someone near you has a respiratory infection, touching anything they’ve breathed on could land you with an infection yourself.
For that to happen, though, the respiratory droplets need a way to get into your body. By washing your hands regularly, you can get in their way. Be extra diligent about washing your hands before you eat or do anything that would mean having your hands near your face.
Similarly, avoid touching your face, especially when you’re out in public.
A number of vaccines can put a line of prevention between you and respiratory infections. We have vaccines to protect you against:
- Influenza (the flu)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
If you want to learn more about any of these vaccines or find out which one would be right for you, talk to Dr. Zarreii. As a vaccine specialist, he can help you identify which options are best for your specific health goals.
The experts who make medical and government recommendations do so for a reason. If local authorities have put any guidelines in place in your area, pay attention to them if you want to prevent respiratory infections.
A mask, for example, can prevent respiratory droplets in the air from getting into your system.
If you want to avoid getting a sickness that could be hard to treat, put these preventive measures in place. If you have any questions or think you might have a respiratory infection, contact Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics by calling our office or requesting your appointment online today.