LRTI: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Get vaccinated with influenza vaccine yearly
  • Quit smoking as smoking damages lungs
  • Maintain hygienic conditions
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Avoid foods rich in fats
  • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, particularly after touching your nose or mouth, and before handling food.
  • Sneezing and coughing into tissues. This will help prevent the virus-containing droplets from your nose and mouth entering the air where they can infect others. Throw away used tissues immediately before washing your hands.
  • Do not share any things used by infected persons
  • Sleep by elevating the head of the bed for relief
 General prevention

When to See Doctor

  • Severe pain in chest
  • Bloody mucus along with cough
Call a doctor if you
  • Feel very weak
  • Are unable to breathe properly
  • Have severe cough along with mucus and phlegm
  • Have chest pain

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