Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Office of Public Affairs Newsline - Respiratory illnesses


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January 14, 2014


Respiratory illnesses

Whether it’s influenza, respiratory infection or a virus, these illnesses can affect your health and cause you to be very uncomfortable for several days. They are often passed around from family member to family member said Dr. Craig Batterman, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.  He describes some common symptoms.

“... a cough, congestion and sinus pressure, which can lead to headaches at times, ear pain. The coughing can be quite severe, depending on what type of illness you have, whether it’s lung based or it’s an upper respiratory tract infection. With influenza you have muscle aches and high fevers – quite high fever, sometimes up to 104-105.”

Dr. Batterman says bacteria can cause sinus infections, bronchiolitis  and strep throat.  Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. He offers suggestions to help improve your chances of staying healthy.

“The biggest thing is hand washing – that would be within your own household. Hand washing with the use of soap and water or hand sanitizer would be your best defense. We try to teach children how to cover their mouths when they cough. That’s one thing, in order to not pass along that virus.”

Dr. Batterman also recommends everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot if you haven’t had one this year. He advises seeing a family physician or pediatrician if an individual has a very high fever of 104 to 105 degrees or if a fever has lasted for a few days.

Ruth Slottag

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Springfield, IL 62794-9620
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