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Dr. Norma jo Waxman
543 doctors shared insights

Upper Respiratory Infection (Overview)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, voice box, or windpipe.


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What is an upper respiratory infection?

What is an upper respiratory infection?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Norma jo Waxman
543 doctors shared insights

Upper Respiratory Infection (Overview)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, voice box, or windpipe.


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What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

No drugs: Symptoms of URI are runny nose, cough, low grade fever, decreased appetite etc. Please do not use any over the counter medicines besides tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for reducing the fever. Most of the uri's are self limiting and symptomatic treatment with lots of fluids and rest are sufficient. If there is worsening of symptoms please see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Upper respiratory infection (Tip)

When do you discuss about tubes in the ears ? How will it affect his speech? ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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If pediapred (prednisolone) is an immune system suppressant why would my one-year-old's dr prescribe it along with antibiotics for her diagnosis of bronchiolitis and upper respiratory infection? Is this ok?

If pediapred (prednisolone) is an immune system suppressant why would my one-year-old's dr prescribe it along with antibiotics for her diagnosis of bronchiolitis and upper respiratory infection? Is this ok?

Short vs long term : The Pediapred (prednisolone) mimics a stress hormone we all make that helps us maintain the cell wall integrity & calm down inflammation. It is common to use Pediapred (prednisolone) in bronchiolitis & some other issues in young kids over a short 5 day period. Limiting the rx to several days avoids the immune suppression that occurs if you use it over weeks or months. I use it often for similar issues. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection and sinusitis now my groin hurts?

Was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection and sinusitis now my groin hurts?

Coughing and hernia: Repeated, sudden increases in abdominal pressure such as coughing an sneezing can cause an inguinal hernia. If you feel a lump in the groin, almost certainly this is a hernia. If it persists it gets worse, see your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

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. ...Read more

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Can zpack make me urinate frequently ? I'm on day 4 of 5 & up 5 times a night. I have upper respiratory infection. Altho I have thick discharge lately

Can zpack make me urinate frequently ? I'm on day 4 of 5 & up 5 times a night. I have upper respiratory infection. Altho I have thick discharge lately

Azithromycin: This should not be producing frequent urination. Are you diabetic or pre-diabetic or have a family history predisposing you to type 2 diabetes, which may be exacerbated by the presence of infection. Your vaginal discharge may be secondary yeast infection as a result of taking a broad spectrum antibiotic. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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How will smoking cause upper respiratory infection?

How will smoking cause upper respiratory infection?

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. ...Read more

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I have a upper respiratory infection. What does it mean when the home care aide we have asks me to "spray"?

Spray: It probably refers to nasal saline spray to help flush out the mucous. This can be helpful. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Can clindamycin be used to treat upper respiratory infection?

Can clindamycin be used to treat upper respiratory infection?

Bacterial Infection: Clindamicin 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. ...Read more

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How do you properly treat an upper respiratory infection for a 10 week old?

M.D. visit: It is important to clear the nasal passages with saline and gentle suction. Babies breath through their noses at this age. Monitor the baby's temperature and report any fever to your doctor. Keep the baby well hydrated and the number of wet diapers should be the same as usual. It is best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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How long does it usually take to get rid of upper respiratory infection if treating with steroids z pac and nasal spray?

Respiratory infectio: The infection may take 5 to 7 days but the congestion and the inflammation may last longer depending on the body's immune system. ...Read more

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I had a recent upper respiratory infection.What is the most effective treatment?

I had a recent upper respiratory infection.What is the most effective treatment?

Time and Drugs: There are lots of things that can cause a persistent cough. Some will go way on their own like colds, viral infections etc. Others will not go away such as chronic sinusitis, allergies etc. If you are still coughing, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Consume foods and beverages that are high in Vitamin C
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Boost your immunity by taking a multivitamin in the proper dose
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Drink plenty of fluids
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Get at least eight hours of sleep every night
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How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is amox-clav 875 great for getting rid of upper respiratory infection?

Is amox-clav 875 great for getting rid of upper respiratory infection?

Bad choice: When you take an antibiotic for a cold, you're taking a placebo, since a cold is caused by a virus, and antibiotics only treat bacteria. As placebos go, amox/clav (augmentin) is a pretty "big gun, " since it kills lots of bacteria (more than you'd need to kill even if you did have a bacterial infection), and is more likely to cause diarrhea and c. Difficile colitis. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it tingles
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Ask your dentist to use a diode laser to help the cold sore heal faster
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Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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I've been on Amoxicillin 875MG tablets twice a day since Wednesday 9/10/14 for an upper respiratory infection. Can side effects be vaginal discharge?

Yes.: Women frequently get yeast infection secondary to antibiotic use. You might try drinking some acidophilus milk or eating some yogurt with a good acidophilus culture. If that is not working you might try some of the over-the-counter use preparations. ...Read more

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How to prevent upper respiratory infections...?

How to prevent upper respiratory infections...?

Wash your hands: Avoid getting coughed & sneezed upon! eat right & exercise regularly to maintain your immune system. And keep washing your hands! by the way, most upper respiratory infections (uris) or common colds are viral in nature. Thus they don't respond to antibiotics. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days so be prepared. ...Read more

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What is upper respiratory infection?

What is upper respiratory infection?

URI: An upper respiratory infection is any infection that effects the nose, throat, sinuses or ears. Most doctors use it to mean the common cold. ...Read more

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What is an upper respiratory infection?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

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. ...Read more

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Can you exercise with a upper respiratory infection?

Yes: Yes in general, if your symtoms are not severe, as long as you are not ill with fever, systemic symptoms, lung symptoms such as shortness of breath. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more