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A 35-year-old member asked:

Does the gastroenteritis lead to upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Very rarely: Most of the microbes (i.e. Bacteria or viruses) which cause infectious gastroenteritis generally are only attracted to the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Therefore, it would be very unusual for a GI bacteria or virus to spread to the lungs. Occasionally patients with gastroenteritis aspirate (choke and cough) and develop an aspiration pneumonia. But this is a secondary problem.
Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
Not exactly: Some viruses can cause both upper respiratory infections and gastroenteritis, but gastroenteritis rarely actually leads to upper respiratory infections.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Usually none: The diagnosis can usually be made by taking a history and examining the patient. In most cases no tests are necessary. Cultures, rapid strep screens, x-rays may be done if your doctor suspects bacterial complications or something other than uri.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is an upper respiratory infection? How is it treated?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
An infection: (usually viral) or nose, throat or airways. If is treated symptomatically most of the time.
A 21-year-old female asked:

How can you tell if you have an upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Cold symptoms: Sore throat, runny nose, nasal or sinus congestion, cough, fever, fatigue, headache.
A 19-year-old female asked:

What is an upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
URI: Upper respiratory infection usually means a cold. Runny nose, congestion, fever, headache and cough all may be symptoms or any combination of them. Uri are viral infections and usually clear on their own with rest and liquids and tyelenol for fever and aches.

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