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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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Can a respiratory infection be contracted through oral sex?

Can a respiratory infection be contracted through oral sex?

Oral sex to blame?: I would doubt it. That is the simple answer, but I suspect there is more to this question.

Was kissing involved? Was there any trauma to your airway or theirs? Were either of you sick prior to the sexual encounter? Was there an exchange of body fluids?

Now, a throat infection or an oral infection from gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, or syphilis is known to occur during sexual activity. ...Read more

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Can syphilis spread without a chancre present after oral sex with a male? Would it present as an upper respiratory infection 3 mos later?

Can syphilis spread without a chancre present after oral sex with a male? Would it present as an upper respiratory infection 3 mos later?

Syphilis: Yes it can occur without a visible chancre. Upper respiratory infection 3 mos later would be very rare, but syphilis is known as the great masquerader and can present in almost any fashion. You should go and be checked for all STDs and stop having unprotected sex. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Wondering why respiratory infection spread easily to the sinus and ears?

Wondering why respiratory infection spread easily to the sinus and ears?

Mucosa: Hello. The reason your sinuses, ears and respiratory airways get infected at the same time is because the lining or mucosa is continuous. They are comprised of the exact same cells, mucus and pathogens. It is very hard to look at magnified areas of the ears, nose, throat and airways and differentiate one from the other. Since they are continuous, inflammation or infection can easily travel. ...Read more

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I had a bad respiratory infection about a month ago. It was really bad. I got on oral steroids for 6 days a really strong dose now im pooping mucus. What do I do?

I had a bad respiratory infection about a month ago. It was really bad. I got on oral steroids for 6 days a really strong dose now im pooping mucus. What do I do?

Unrelated: Antibiotics may cause diarrhea because they kill both the good and bad bacteria in your guts. However oral steroid shouldn't have this effect. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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My hubby & 10 wk son r sick, respiratory infection, 6 days. I think I may b getting it, pervention?

My hubby & 10 wk son r sick, respiratory infection, 6 days. I think I may b getting it, pervention?

Hard to prevent it: If one truly has gotten a cold virus, it will have to run its course. Some people take extra vitamin c (may upset the stomach) and some take extra zinc (most lozenges have lots of sugar), but how much these things help is uncertain. Avoiding overexertion, such as not running a 3-mile race, is wise. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help with aches and fevers. A doctor can check for strep throat or the flu. ...Read more

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I've had a respiratory infection for 8 days now. It's getting worse now, my whole body hurts. I don't have a fever, but could it still be the flu?

I've had a respiratory infection for 8 days now. It's getting worse now, my whole body hurts. I don't have a fever, but could it still be the flu?

Respiratory infectio: It may have resulted in a bacterial bronchitis that needs to be treated with antibiotics. The flu always comes with fever. See your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have acid reflux or respiratory infection?

What do you recommend if I have acid reflux or respiratory infection?

See a doctor: For both of these you need a full detailed evaluation with history, physical exam and possibly labs, imaging studies and procedures. Do not ignore this, see a doctor soon. ...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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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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I don't have asthma and recently had an upper respiratory infection. How can I get rid of it?

I don't have asthma and recently had an upper respiratory infection. How can I get rid of it?

Sinus infection: Most viral respiratory infections will resolve spontaneously after 7=10 days. Persistent cold like symptoms is suggestive of sinus infection. Frequently with sinus infections there is associated cough. Sinusitis will sometimes also resolve spontaneously or respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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I've got a respiratory infection please help. What are the best meds for this?

I've got a respiratory infection please help. What are the best meds for this?

Depends: It depends on the type of infection. If you have strep, then Amoxicillin is one choice.
If you have a more atypical respiratory illness such as mycoplasma, then a course of Azithromycin is indicated. If you are allergic to any medications, it is important that you let your physician know. Most respiratory illness are viral and in healthy individuals requires no antiviral treatment. ...Read more

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After respiratory infection my daily 02 stats stay below 88. What could be causing this?

After respiratory infection my daily 02 stats stay below 88. What could be causing this?

Mgt suggestions: After a respiratory infection, there can be residual asthma associated symptoms. If this is associated with cough, chest tightness, wheezing, for example, then an inhaler to reverse bronchospasm may alleviate the symptoms.
Since you have pulmonary hypertension, it is important to follow up with your specialist. They can adjust your oxygen supplementation to keep your saturation above 90 percent. ...Read more

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What is he dose of clindamycin in respiratory tract infections i?

What is he dose of clindamycin in respiratory tract infections i?

600mg: This dose 3 times daily, each 8 hours apart should do it. Care is to be taken as to the real reason for it, the extent of the drug need and the side effects like c diff infection. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

Get tested: Testing for asthma is a very simple process. It is mostly dependent on your oral history of attacks, when where and why. Respiratory infections can also be diagnosed through routine tests. If you think you are having symptoms of either, please get checked by your physician.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

It depends: On how long you have had it and how serious it is. If minor symptoms, consider reading the link below for some advice.
http://summaries. Cochrane. Org/search/site/cold

if productive cough, fever, etc, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Doctor visit: Respiratory infections usually involve fever, cough, sinus drainage etc...Asthma is a more chronic condition characterized primarily by wheezing that improves with an inhaler. Your doctor can help sort that out. ...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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6month old has upper respiratory infection goin on day 9 and she's worse. Could it have turned into something else?

6month old has upper respiratory infection goin on day 9 and she's worse. Could it have turned into something else?

Perhaps: A cold can last maybe 7 to 10 or 12 days but at this point she should be showing some e improvement, if she is getting worse, like fever, more irritable, not eating or sleeping it might have gone into an ear infection. So if no improvement have her seen. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

URTI: Treating the infection & staying warm, plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a upper respiratory infection fast?

What do I do to get rid of a upper respiratory infection fast?

No quick fix known: There is currently no cure for the common upper respiratory infection, most often caused by a viral infection. Some people believe that taking supplemental vitamin c may help. Good nutrition and adequate sleep will help. ...Read more

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How to tell when I got a bacterial upper respiratory infection?

Airborne & fingers: The air you breathe & fingers that touch your face/lips will bring you the agents of respiratory illness. They are usually symptomatic within 48-72 hours of your exposure. Good hand washing and antiseptic hand solution can cut your risk level. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to have chest pain during a upper respiratory infection.?

Could it be healthy to have chest pain during a upper respiratory infection.?

Pain is not healthy: During URI your chest pain comes from pleurisy or musculoskeletal system. Mostly the pain not cardiac in origin. ...Read more

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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

Dr. James Krick
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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more