Serving the needs of patients in the Central Illinois area, Dr. Lamont Tyler functions as the medical director of the OSF Medical Group’s Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services. Dr. Lamont Tyler maintains American Board of Family Medicine certification and is experienced in diverse aspects of health care, including respiratory infections.
The most common acute illness examined within an outpatient setting, upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) encompass everything from life-threatening epiglottitis to the common cold. The cause is one of approximately 200 viruses that inflame membranes of the nose and throat.
Reactions to URIs by the body’s immune system include sneezing and coughing, as well as the production of extra mucus. Additionally, the nasal lining may swell, which in combination with mucus, makes breathing challenging.
URIs are particularly common among young children, with six to eight a year common among those under the age of 6. By adulthood, this number has decreased to on average two to four occurrences annually. Avoiding URIs involves not holding objects touched by those with colds in close proximity to the mouth, nose, and eyes. In addition, physical distance from people with colds helps, as viruses can be contracted by breathing in small particles of infected material that stick to nasal membranes.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.