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A 34-year-old member asked:

Will ciprofloxacin treat upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Ciprofloxacin can treat upper respiratory tract infections but its use is limited. It mainly covers bacteria that can affect the genital/urinary tract. Today Ciprofloxacin is not as good as other antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Only Bacterial: Ciprofloxacin may treat an upper respiratory infection, but only those that are caused by bacteria. The majority of uris are viral, so most will not respond to this medicine.
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Likely not: Most are viral and antibiotics will not help. Time and symptom management are the way to go.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for you to use ciprofloxacin for upper respiratory infection ?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Won't help: You should not be taking antibiotics for upper respiratory infections. They're just placebos, since they don't treat viral infections. In addition, Ciprofloxacin is not a good drug for pneumonia, a respiratory infection that should be treated
A 32-year-old member asked:

How will smoking cause upper respiratory infection?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Aggravating factor: Smoking triggers a chronic outpouring of respiratory mucous that tries to trap & remove the irritating particles that enter the lung. This increases the food available for inhaled bacteria that can cause bronchitis & pneumonia. The injury to the tissue lining the airways allows viruses easier access to attach & breed. Germs cause, but smoking facilitates these diseases.

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