RTIs (respiratory tract infections)
Visit your GP if:
It's also recommended that you visit your GP if you're over 65 years of age and you have a cough and two or more of the factors listed below, or you're over 80 years of age and have a cough and one of the following factors:
You can also ask your GP about any vaccines you can have to help protect against some RTIs. See the 'Adults' tab on The NHS vaccinations schedule pagefor more information about these.
Find out more about the different types of lower and upper respiratory tract infections (RTIs), how the infections spread and when you should see your GP.
RTIs can spread in several ways. If you have an infection such as a cold, tiny droplets of fluid containing the cold virus are launched into the air whenever you sneeze or cough . If these are breathe
Common lowerRTIs include: flu which can affect either the upper or lower respiratory tract bronchitis infection of the airways pneumonia infection of the lungs bronchiolitis an infection
Most RTIs pass without the need for treatment and you won'tusually need to see your GP. You can treat your symptoms at home by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen , d
Visit your GP if: your symptoms suggest you may have pneumonia for example, if you're coughing up bloody mucus and phlegm you have a pre-existing heart, lung, liver or kidney condition you have a