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Dr. Howard Schneider
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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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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 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 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 the above, what you are describing sounds like 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

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What is the definition or description of: upper respiratory infection?

What is the definition or description of: upper respiratory infection?

Infection of airways: 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, voice box, or windpipe. ...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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Is asthma an example of upper respiratory infection?

Is asthma an example of upper respiratory infection?

No.: Asthma is a disease of the lower respiratory tract — the bronchi. It is also, usually, not an infection, but can be triggered by one. ...Read more

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Can you get an upper respiratory infection from a puppy?

Can you get an upper respiratory infection from a puppy?

No: This is not likely. Occassionally animal borne diseases can affect humans. Respiratory infections in dogs/cats are not spread to humans. ...Read more

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Have upper respiratory infection which has gone to my eyes should see my GP?

Have upper respiratory infection which has gone to my eyes should see my GP?

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

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What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

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

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Can you exercise with an upper respiratory infection?

Can you exercise with an upper respiratory infection?

Yes: Yes in general, if your symtoms are not severe, as long as you are not ill with fever, systemic symptoms, lung symptoms such as shortness of breath. ...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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Would you go to work if you had a bad upper respiratory infection?

Would you go to work if you had a bad upper respiratory infection?

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

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How will smoking cause upper respiratory infection?

How will smoking cause upper respiratory infection?

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

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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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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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Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

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

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Can an upper respiratory infection cause dizziness?

Yes: Upper respiratory viral infection may affect the inner ear and cause vertigo or dizziness. ...Read more

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Can an upper respiratory infection cause dizziness?

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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Will ciprofloxacin treat upper respiratory infection?

Only Bacterial: Ciprofloxacin may treat an upper respiratory infection, but only those that are caused by bacteria. The majority of uris are viral, so most will not respond to this medicine. ...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


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Respiratory (Definition)

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