Respiratory infections

Respiratory infections are caused by viruses or bacteria that affect the respiratory tract, including the nose, throat, and lungs. Here is some additional information on the symptoms, causes, testing, conventional treatment, functional medicine treatments, IV drip therapy, and recommended supplements for support:


  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue


  • Viruses, such as the common cold, influenza, and COVID-19
  • Bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophiles influenzae


  • Medical professionals may perform a physical exam and order diagnostic tests, such as chest X-rays, sputum tests, and blood tests, to diagnose a respiratory infection.
  • COVID-19 testing is available through nasal swabs or saliva samples.

Conventional treatment:

  • Treatment of respiratory infections depends on the cause, severity, and duration of the symptoms.
  • Viral infections usually resolve on their own within a week, and treatment is focused on relieving symptoms with rest, hydration, over-the-counter medications, and cough suppressants.
  • Bacterial infections may be treated with antibiotics.

Functional Medicine treatments:

  • Functional Medicine approaches to treating respiratory infections involve identifying and addressing the underlying factors that contribute to infection, such as nutrient deficiencies, stress, and environmental toxins.
  • Nutritional interventions may include consuming immune-boosting foods and supplements, such as vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and probiotics.
  • Lifestyle interventions may include stress management techniques, adequate sleep, and exercise.
  • Environmental interventions may include avoiding exposure to allergens and toxins.

IV drip therapy:

  • IV drip therapy is a method of delivering nutrients and hydration directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line.
  • IV drip therapy for respiratory infections may include a combination of immune-boosting nutrients, such as vitamin C, B vitamins, and zinc.

Recommended supplements for support:

  • Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant that supports immune function.
  • Vitamin D - helps to regulate immune function and may reduce the risk of respiratory infections.
  • Zinc - supports immune function and may help to reduce the duration and severity of respiratory infections
  • Elderberry - a natural antiviral that may help to reduce the duration and severity of respiratory infections
  • Echinacea - a natural immune booster that may help to reduce the risk of respiratory infections

It's important to note that Functional Medicine treatments, IV drip therapy, and supplements are not a replacement for conventional medical care, and it's important to consult a healthcare professional if you have a respiratory infection or any concerning symptoms.

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