Respiratory Infections

Get Your Respiratory Infection Treated by a Medical Professional at Home

From coughs and congestion to fevers and aches, the symptoms of respiratory infections can make you or your loved ones feel miserable. Pivotal Health’s clinicians are equipped and experienced to accurately diagnose and provide symptom relief for most respiratory infections in the comfort of your home.

Upper respiratory infections (URIs) affect the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx. URIs make up 26% of urgent care clinic visits and over 10% of emergency room visits. COVID has obviously received the most attention over the past 18 months but some rhinoviruses (common cold), influenza viruses, and other viruses can also cause URIs. These viral infections can also lead to bacterial infections if not treated properly. The most common symptoms include fever, nasal congestion and increased mucus with drainage down the throat (post-nasal drip), sneezing, coughing, sore throat, headache, and body aches.
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) affect the lower portion of the respiratory tract, including the trachea and the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing, and fatigue. Bronchitis and pneumonia are the most frequent LRTIs. Influenza or the flu can affect both the upper and lower respiratory tract. LRTIs are often more serious than URIs, so don’t wait to seek treatment if you think you may have an LRTI.

How Pivotal Health Can Help

If your symptoms persist, a Pivotal Health clinician can help determine if they are caused by allergies or an infection. Pivotal Health clinicians can come to your home, do a full examination and do COVID-19, flu, strep, or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) testing on the spot to have a diagnosis in minutes. If pneumonia is suspected, Pivotal Health can arrange for x-rays to be performed right in your home while the clinician is there. Our highly experienced clinician will then create an effective treatment plan and review it carefully with you to help you feel better soon.
Our clinicians can prescribe antibiotics for strep throat, more prolonged sinus infections and pneumonia. If antibiotics are not indicated, the clinician can help with pain control, congestion/allergy relief and cough relief to help you feel better as your body heals. Our clinicians can also give you fluids intravenously (IV) in your home if you have become dehydrated.


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