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Does Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Usually Cause Many Symptoms
URTI: Upper respiratory infection (urti) usually refer to symptoms of runny or congested nose +/- fever, malaise and aches and pain usually due to a virus such the influenza virus. However, urti may become complicated by sinus infection or middle ear infection, which will produce their own symptoms. Younger children often get middle ear infection in association with urti. ...Read more
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
Is it normal to have symptoms come back after being diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection?
No: If you have had a cough (or congestion or fever) and gotten better and then the symptoms recurred, your infection if back. A chest xray to rule out pneumonia is usually not warranted unless you have a high fever, colored sputum, shortness of breath or chest pain. Keep hydrated and rest. However, should symptoms persist for 3-4 days, see a doctor. ...Read more
URTI: An upper respiratory infection usually will last 3-7 days if it is not complicated by sinus or middle ear infaction. Drink plenty of fluid such as gatorade to make up for the fluid that you are loosing from the runny nose and citrous juices provide vitamin c. Zinc (available in the form of zinc lozenges) has been shown to shorten urti by one day. ...Read more
By visiting Ur Doc. : It's physicians, but not you are rigorously trained to make a diagnosis. So pay a visit to your PCP. Best! ...Read more
Symptomatic relief..: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral so relief of symptoms is helpful. Drinking plenty of fluids, salt water nasal sprays for relieving congestion, throat lozenges/sprays for sore throat may be all that is needed for a few days. If a fever, cough productive of green or bloody sputum or shortness of breath develops, see a doctor right away. Also, if symptoms persist/worsen, see doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: URIs are caused by viruses. We do not have any medication that treats these specific viruses but the body's immune system is very adept at getting rid of them. It usually takes 5-10 days for the infection to be cleared. In the meantime it is OK to take medications or home remedies to help with the symptoms ...Read more
A cold: Is any inferction that involves your nose, sinus, throat, or larynx not involving the lungs or brnchi. ...Read more
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