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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


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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

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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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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 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

Neither,need tests: One visit to ER is not enough to diagnose ' ileitis ' . See you family doctor or gastroenterologist for further investigation , to make sure you do not have Crohn's disease, yes infection like TB,viral & fungal possible Your URI may not be related. ...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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more