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How Does The Common Cold Affect The Respiratory System
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
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?
I was sent to the ER and diagnosed with ileitis. How common is bacterial or viral ileitis compared to a chronic condition? I've also been fighting an upper respiratory infection for a couple weeks and wonder if it is possible for that infection to travel
I have an upper respiratory infection and have been taking clarithromycin for 2 days. I now have cold like symptoms an 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
I have upper respiratory infection — recurring several times. Doctor finally prescribed Zpack today along with valACYclovir for cold sores. I took fir?
Restate question: I am not sure what you are asking- please resubmit. ...Read more
I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?
You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more
Keratoconjunctivitis: Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) is caused by adenoviridae, which can cause a preceding upper respiratory infection. Your GP may not have the wherewithal to handle the possible ophthalmic complications, but see an ophthalmologist as his/her LAST APPOINTMENT OF THE DAY, so the room can be scrubbed down after you leave. Wear latex gloves in the waiting room, and tell the staff "possible EKC!!!" ...Read more
Usually none: The diagnosis can usually be made by taking a history and examining the patient. In most cases no tests are necessary. Cultures, rapid strep screens, x-rays may be done if your doctor suspects bacterial complications or something other than uri. ...Read more
Usually: Nose, throat & airways.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Yes and no: I'd work if a) I felt O.K., b) my performance was not critical, c) I was hygienic enough to prevent contagion, and d) others were available to cover my duties. ...Read more
Aggravating factor: Smoking triggers a chronic outpouring of respiratory mucous that tries to trap & remove the irritating particles that enter the lung. This increases the food available for inhaled bacteria that can cause bronchitis & pneumonia. The injury to the tissue lining the airways allows viruses easier access to attach & breed. Germs cause, but smoking facilitates these diseases. ...Read more
Yoga URI: Could not find any good data. My guess is cant hurt. ...Read more
Almost all are: The vast majority of colds/upper respiratory infections are viral, highly contagious, and self limited. The average person gets 1-3 colds per year. Princeton, wv, or anywhere else, hand washing and common sense should prevail in defense against colds. It stinks to have one, but buying some kleenex, hand sanitizer and waiting it out are usually the best approach. ...Read more
Yes: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
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