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How do you know if child has upper respiratory infection or cold?

How do you know if child has upper respiratory infection or cold?

The same: Some people call an upper respiratory infection a cold, both are usually caused by a virus and treating the symptoms is all that is necessary while your body fights the infection. If your child is has a fever, is having trouble eating or breathing, you should see your family doctor. Colds, and all other upper respiratory infections, are contagious, so avoid coughing/touching or kissing people. ...Read more

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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What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

No drugs: Symptoms of URI are runny nose, cough, low grade fever, decreased appetite etc. Please do not use any over the counter medicines besides tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for reducing the fever. Most of the uri's are self limiting and symptomatic treatment with lots of fluids and rest are sufficient. If there is worsening of symptoms please see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

NONE: Assuming you have a virus, ignore all the noise from people trying to sell you things for this. Soup and other liquids may feel good in your throat. Nose spray can open your nose if severely stuffed. Antibiotics, vitamins, and herbs are all useless for this. Do not smoke. For severe cough there is albuteral inhaler. The less they know, the louder some people crow on this subject. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection and have been taking clarithromycin for 2 days. I now have cold like symptoms an a blocked ear. Is this normal?

I have an upper respiratory infection and have been taking clarithromycin for 2 days. I now have cold like symptoms an a blocked ear. Is this normal?

Blocked ear: Quite common. Do not worry about it. The infection can take a week to ten days to clear. Good luck and hang in there. See my other answer to this question. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

Can be : all of the above, what you are describing sounds line a viral disease, which can be a cold, flu or upper respiratory infection, with all the symptoms noted. Rest, fluids, pain killers and salt water gargles, if no improvement, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Had a bad cold for a month and noticed new A1C test went up for no reason. can prolonged upper respiratory infection cause blood glucose increase?

Had a bad cold for a month and noticed  new A1C test went up for no reason. can prolonged upper respiratory infection cause blood glucose increase?

Recheck: It may cause a change in blood glucose levels which can be then reflected in test results. I would recommend a recheck two weeks after you recover. A virtual appt in available online for follow up healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...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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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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Should i go back to work after 3 days with an upper respiratory infection?

URI Symptoms: As long as the symptoms have improved significantly, i think going back to work would be fine. If you still need cold medicine, i wouldn't go back yet as the medicines can make you excessively sleepy. Feel better! ...Read more

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I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

7-10 days: Most upper respiratory infections resolve in a week to 10 days. Things that will help are pushing fluids, rest, getting enough sleep and possibly extra vitamin C. If he is getting worse or not getting better in a week he should see a doctor. ...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 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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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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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. Thomas Fiala
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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