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what is the definition or description of: respiratory tract infections?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Infection: Infection of either the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) or lower respiratory tract (trachea and lungs). Usually caused by either viruses or bacteria, though fungal can cause infections in immunocompromised patients.
Answered on Dec 14, 2012
Dr. Henry Selke
15 years experience Infectious Disease
See below: An infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and otitis media. Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, bronchiolitis, tracheitis and pneumonia. These infections can be caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus.
Answered on Apr 19, 2017
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