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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 22 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.
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 48 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 46 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.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

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

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Cold symptoms: Sore throat, runny nose, nasal or sinus congestion, cough, fever, fatigue, headache.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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