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What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection of upper airway?

What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection of upper airway?

Depends on the site: Of infection and organism. Upper airway infections include streptococcal sore throat, diphtheria, peritonsilar abscess, acute and chronic sinusitis, laryngitis with hoarseness etc. Most of these infections are associated with fever, pain at the site of infection, and may have sequelae like rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis, scarlet fever, neuropathy etc. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


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Explain the condition called a bacterial infection of upper airway.?

Explain the condition called a bacterial infection of upper airway.?

Upper airway infecti: It means a part of upper airways (sinuses, pharynx, trachea) is populated with bacterias. Most of this bacterias creates excessive secretion (yellowish, thick, greenish).And symptoms of stuffed sinuses, throat pain, productive cough, fever, chills. If you have this symptoms go see a doc asap. ...Read more

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How can I treat a bacterial infection in my throat or stomach?

How can I treat a bacterial infection in my throat or stomach?

Infections: A sore throat is usually a viral infection and treating symptomatically is appropriate. If symptoms progress or do not improve over 5-7 days starting antibiotics such as Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or Azithromycin to treat an upper respiratory tract infection is acceptable. If you have symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain Ciprofloxacin can treat a bacterial gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat that's not from strep?

Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat that's not from strep?

Yes -plenty of germs: Doctors can test for Group A Strep -which is only one specific germ that can cause a throat infection (or pharyngitis if you want to be technical). Different viruses are also implicated (like mono, adenovirus, etc) but certainly other bacteria are on the list. Pertussis (Whooping cough) and diphtheria are two important ones. Then there are other Strep species, 'mixed' infections like abscesses etc ...Read more

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Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat from smoking weed?

Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat from smoking weed?

Cannabis smoke is: A respiratory irritant. I don't believe that cannabis caused you to have a bacterial infection - but it could have made you more susceptible to catching one. It can lead to heavier mucus production. ...Read more

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I've had a bacterial infection in my throat since monday, and I only have some amoxicillin that expired last march (2012). Is it ok to take it? Thanks

I've had a bacterial infection in my throat since monday, and I only have some amoxicillin that expired last march (2012). Is it ok to take it? Thanks

No: You should never use expired medicine. And I am not sure you should be treating yourself. Why don't you give that burden to your doctor? He or she will gladly help. :). ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is lot of phlegm in the throat a sign of bacterial infection?

Hoping you can tell me, is lot of phlegm in the throat a sign of bacterial infection?

Maybe: There are a lot of reasons for a lot of phlegm in the throat. It could be a bacterial infection; it could be bronchitis from smoking; it could be allergies; it could be a sign of a lung disease like bronchiectasis.

If this is a persistent problem, I would get checked out by your doctor or even a lung specialist. ...Read more

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Every time I get sick I seem to develop a bacterial infection such as phemonia, bronchitis, strep throat. I'm 24, sick again for 3 days now. Cold?

Every time I get sick I seem to develop a bacterial infection such as phemonia, bronchitis, strep throat. I'm 24, sick again for 3 days now. Cold?

See an allergist: People with allergies have constant inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Nonallergic people can typically handle the inflammation of a viral infection without much trouble; but in an allergic person, adding the viral inflammation on top of the underlying allergic inflammation makes perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Treating the underlying allergic inflammation usually helps immensely. ...Read more

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I have fever and throat pain. My blood results showed I have bacterial infection. Will it heal by itself or should I take medication all the time?

I have fever and throat pain. My blood results showed I have bacterial infection. Will it heal by itself or should I take medication all the time?

Medication now: I am assuming your doctor has started you on antibiotic if not, you need to get some. You will not be on this forever only for a few days as long as the bug you have responds to the antibiotic. Adequate hydration and rest. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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Hello. I have a lot of white stuff on the back of my throat. Doctor told me not strep and may be viral. Doesn't white mean bacterial infection?

Hello. I have a lot of white stuff on the back of my throat. Doctor told me not strep and may be viral. Doesn't white mean bacterial infection?

Not necessarily: Your doctor came to your diagnosis after considering your entire clinical picture, not just presence (or absence) of white stuff. ...Read more

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Bacterial Infection, enlarged glans how worried should I be? No sore throat VERY SCARED (no insurance :/)

Sore throat: How do you know that you have a bacterial throat infection? Did you have a throat culture to prove it? If it's a strep throat infection, a simple course of penicillin or Erythromycin is effective. If it's a viral infection no specific treatment is needed as antibiotics are ineffective. ...Read more

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At night I have a sore throat only and no cough. During the day I have a moist cough but no sore throat. Could this still be a bacterial infection?

At night I have a sore throat only and no cough. During the day I have a moist cough but no sore throat. Could this still be a bacterial infection?

None: None of what you are describing indicate a bacterial infection, actually it resemble more of allergy response.
treat your symptoms with allergy medicine like zyrtec during the day and benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Take OTC cough medicine like mucinex DM at least twice a day, with or without elixir like robitussin, or nyquill.
stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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I have a rash under my boob. Very itchy. It just showed up yesterday. I've also had a sore throat for about a month now. No bacterial infection.

I have a rash under my boob. Very itchy. It just showed up yesterday. I've also had a sore throat for about a month now. No bacterial infection.

Rash: Rashes under the breast which are itchy are usually caused by candida and can be treated with prescription fluconazole and nystatin. Consider a trial of amoxicillin for your pharyngitis, regardless of what your tests show. ...Read more

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I had bacterial infection in right side of throat. Doctor gave bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) tab. After taking 2tbs my throat got inflammed hw to reduce inflammation doc?

I had bacterial infection in right side of throat. Doctor gave bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) tab. After taking 2tbs my throat got inflammed hw to reduce inflammation doc?

See your Dr: Lots of unanswered questions: Was your Dr treating a Strep throat? Was it tonsillitis? Or did you have some other type of infection.? Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not prescribed for Strep throat. If you believe the throat got worse after taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) it could be an allergic reaction or it could be the infection is not responding to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). See your Dr. ...Read more

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Allergies, cold, bacterial infection? I sometimes do get seasonal allergies. Congestion, sore throat, dry cough. Some yellow mucus.

Allergies, cold, bacterial infection? I sometimes do get seasonal allergies. Congestion, sore throat, dry cough. Some yellow mucus.

Question?: What would you like to know? If you have a lot of nasal congestion and sinus infections, you should consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Taking Keflex & Claritin D for a sore throat/bacterial infection. Doc says I can also take 2 aleve (naproxen) twice a day for pain. Is this safe?

Taking Keflex & Claritin D for a sore throat/bacterial infection. Doc says I can also take 2 aleve (naproxen) twice a day for pain. Is this safe?

Yes: Usually safe if you have no contraindication to any of the medications, like allergic reaction. The medications you mentioned do not interact adversely with each other. ...Read more

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What type of bacterial infection will cause blisters in the back of your throat?

What type of bacterial infection will cause blisters in the back of your throat?

Various infections: Strep throat infections sometimes causes blisters in the throat, although most strep throat patients will not have blisters. Causes of throat blisters or throat ulcers are more likely viral, such as coxsackie virus (causes hand foot mouth disease) or herpes virus (causes herpetic stomatitis). ...Read more

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Is strep a bacterial infection? Can strep affect the nose and throat and respiratory system?

Is strep a bacterial infection? Can strep affect the nose and throat and respiratory system?

Yes: Strep is streptococcus, which is a small round bacterium. Strep pyogenes can cause a throat infection, which can affect swallowing. Strep pneumoniae is a different strain that can cause pneumonia, ear infections and sinus infections. Other forms of strep can affect different areas. Generally, and especially for contagion purposes, it should be treated. ...Read more

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My dr took blood work after 3 weeks of sore throat, no voice, now have bacterial infection why?

Sore throat: How did "blood work" show bacterial infection? The only way you could show bacterial pharyngitis is a swab and culture. You may have secondary bacterial laryngitis both of which should respond to antibiotics if the cause is bacterial. I encourage you to see an ENT for the laryngitis. If you smoke, stop now. Are you asking why you may have a bacterial infection? Bacterial pharyngitis is contracted ...Read more

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Signs of a sexual viral or bacterial infection in my throat? Haven't done oral in 2 months but sore throat for a few weeks now? Almost a month? : (

Signs of a sexual viral or bacterial infection in my throat? Haven't done oral in 2 months but sore throat for a few weeks now? Almost a month? : (

Maybe...: Most likely it is a usual virus that causes sore throats. I have to admit it makes me wonder why you think of an STD as a source first before the more likely usual cold virus. On the other hand, if you are highly sexually active you at a minimum need to be evaluated for the possibility of STD as a pharyngitis source. Perhaps ur dr will treat with antibiotics to "cover" for STD's as a source? ...Read more

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How do you know when a viral infection turns to bacterial infection? Still have sore throat, cough, been a week

If: Drainage turns thick yellow and green, you start running a fever or you are getting worse rather tan better after a week you should see your doctor to see if it is now bacterial. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.

Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.

Mgt/workup: Since you have had a bacterial or flu like illness, the cough may be a result of bronchitis, pneumonia or inflammation of the lung/lining of the lung.
I would suggest a pulmonary function test if it does not improve within three weeks. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more