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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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How do you know if your toddler has flu or cold?

How do you know if your toddler has flu or cold?

Evaluation: The flu tends to come on quickly, have higher initial fever, but a pre-verbal kid will not be able to describe any muscle pains,etc. I will generally test any toddler that comes in with high (>103) temp during peaks in local flu activity,or if they have a known exposure. Colds have variable symptoms but rarely exceed 101.5 temp. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an upper respiratory tract infection or something else?

How to tell if I have an upper respiratory tract infection or something else?

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

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How to know if I have the flu or bronchitis?

How to know if I have the flu or bronchitis?

Flu vs Bronchitis.: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” According to Mayo Clinic Bronchitis can present with “Cough, Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color — rarely, it may be streaked with blood, > ...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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How do you know if you have bacteria or viral bronchitis?

How do you know if you have bacteria or viral bronchitis?

You generally don't: 1st, more than 95% of "bronchitis" is viral. Secondly the other 5% probably resolve spontaneously without any therapy. It really does not matter unless you are otherwise chronically ill from congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Bronchitis is just a term we throw around for people who have a new cough, and it is not really that well defined. ...Read more

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How do doctors know if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis?

How do doctors know if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis?

Severity of sxs : Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is considerable overlap. Sometimes a sputum culture can be helpful in indentifying which bacteria are present. If there is only a low grade fever, it is usually viral. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or pneumonia?

How to know if I have the flu or pneumonia?

Localized -pneumonia: Flu has generalized symptoms pneumonia : fever, cough + some other symptoms like fatigue etc. Either case, if you have any of those you will need to be checked if you still suspect pneumonia to get CXR ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or just an average fever?

How to know if I have the flu or just an average fever?

Do you mean flu vs: cold? Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” ...Read more

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How do I know if the cough my child has is from a cold or just plain allergies? Or sinus infection ? There's no fever present ...

How do I know if the cough my child has is from a cold or just plain allergies? Or sinus infection ? There's no fever present ...

Cough: There are many reasons for coughing. First look at what else you have: itching nose-think allergy, runny nose- think cold, fever- think infection and so on. If you have nothing else and it persist more than 2 weeks then you need her examined to go further. Asthma, reflux, pertussis, etc are only defined by exam and testing. ...Read more

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How do I know if a bacterial infection is causing my child to vomit and have diarrhea?

How do I know if a bacterial infection is causing my child to vomit and have diarrhea?

It is difficult: Bacterial gastroenteritis can be difficult to discern from viral gastroenteritis (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). Bacterial infection tends to cause bloody stools, higher fever, significant mucous in the stool, and companion sore throat or headache. Viral gastroenteritis tends to be less violent, the fever less dramatic, and rarely bloody stools. It may require a culture or blood test to decide. ...Read more

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How do you know if a sinus infection turned into bronchitis?

How do you know if a sinus infection turned into bronchitis?

It does not: Although sinus infection can lead to a cough or worsen asthma , it does not lead to bronchitis (inflammation of the airway) per se. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues. : These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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Does having a head cold cause dizziness after the cold has past? What if you don't know if you have an inner ear problem? Could a cold bring it out?

Does having a head cold cause dizziness after the cold has past? What if you don't know if you have an inner ear problem? Could a cold bring it out?

Possible: Colds can have you feeling weird and dizzy afterwards. Viral respiratory infections sometimes lead to vestibular neuritis (inflammation of the cranial nerve that controls balance) which will lead to a very specific form of dizziness called vertigo. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend has rubella virus, this can be pass to others or not?

What do you suggest if my friend has rubella virus, this can be pass to others or not?

Really?: Rubella? Yes, It's very contagious but are you sure it's rubella. The vaccination program in the USA has been very successful and has been essentially wiped out here? Has she been out of the country? If she truly has rubella, this is a reportable illness and she needs to be isolated. ...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

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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