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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


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I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

Yes: An upper respiratory tract infection is always contagious. The word that you use, infection, means that it is usually viral and much less frequently bacterial. Therefore, if you cough or sneeze you are shedding infectious material to the next person or into the environment. ...Read more

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Dr said i have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

Dr said i have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

Depends: That depends on the infection and what virus/bacteria is causing it. Generally, use proper hygiene and never forget that proper hand washing is the number one means for preventing the spread of infection. ...Read more

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Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

Almost all are: The vast majority of colds/upper respiratory infections are viral, highly contagious, and self limited. The average person gets 1-3 colds per year. Princeton, wv, or anywhere else, hand washing and common sense should prevail in defense against colds. It stinks to have one, but buying some kleenex, hand sanitizer and waiting it out are usually the best approach. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is a sinus infection & a upper respiratory infection contagious?

Yes and no : Upper respiratory infections are typically contagious as they are usually caused by viruses. Sinus infections are not typically contagious but can be if caused by a virus. To play it safe always wash your hands, cover your cough and practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection how long am i contagious ? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both ?

I have an upper respiratory infection   how long am  i contagious ?     Doctor   gave me an    antibotic and   prednisone do I need    both ?

URI contagious: If you have a viral upper respiratory infection, two - three days. If you have a bacterial respiratory infection, which may follow the viral uri, generally this is not contagious. Bacterial infections generally follow the insult from the virus. Antibiotics will shorten the duration of a bacterial infection. Prednisone speeds up recovery quickest, but should be used with caution. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

Comfort: You have a cold...rest and hydrate. Not much else you can do. Try not to spread it to others. Please be specific in your next question if you want something more. ...Read more

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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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I have a blue tongue skink with an upper respiratory infection. is there a way to treat it at home?

I have a blue tongue skink with an upper respiratory infection. is there a way to treat it at home?

Healthtap: Healthtap is a site dedicated to human health. Very few of the professionals here would be qualified to address home treatment of ill lizards. Sorry, but you should consult your veterinarian. ...Read more

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Hi, i get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should i worry?

Hi, i get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should i worry?

Probably okay: This is probably not a concern. Viruses that cause upper respiratory infections are common. Here's some things to do to try and prevent getting infected. Wash hands frequently and keep them away from your face. Avoid areas where people are coughing and sneezing. Check with your doctor to get some basic lab test done. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

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, ...Read more