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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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. Lawrence Kessler
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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