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How fast can I make my upper respiratory tract infection go away?

How fast can I make my upper respiratory tract infection go away?

URTI: An upper respiratory infection usually will last 3-7 days if it is not complicated by sinus or middle ear infaction. Drink plenty of fluid such as gatorade to make up for the fluid that you are loosing from the runny nose and citrous juices provide vitamin c. Zinc (available in the form of zinc lozenges) has been shown to shorten urti by one day. ...Read more

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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


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Will an upper respiratory tract infection go away by itself?

Will an upper respiratory tract infection go away by itself?

Yes: URIs are caused by viruses. We do not have any medication that treats these specific viruses but the body's immune system is very adept at getting rid of them. It usually takes 5-10 days for the infection to be cleared. In the meantime it is OK to take medications or home remedies to help with the symptoms ...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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What can I use for upper respiratory tract infection if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for upper respiratory tract infection if I don't have a doctor?

Symptomatic relief..: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral so relief of symptoms is helpful. Drinking plenty of fluids, salt water nasal sprays for relieving congestion, throat lozenges/sprays for sore throat may be all that is needed for a few days. If a fever, cough productive of green or bloody sputum or shortness of breath develops, see a doctor right away. Also, if symptoms persist/worsen, see doctor. ...Read more

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What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

URI: Upper Respiratory infections can involve the pharynx, larynx, nose or sinuses. Most are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

URI: Upper Respiratory infections can involve the pharynx, larynx, nose or sinuses. Most are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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Does upper respiratory tract infection usually cause many symptoms?

Does upper respiratory tract infection usually cause many symptoms?

URTI: Upper respiratory infection (urti) usually refer to symptoms of runny or congested nose +/- fever, malaise and aches and pain usually due to a virus such the influenza virus. However, urti may become complicated by sinus infection or middle ear infection, which will produce their own symptoms. Younger children often get middle ear infection in association with urti. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get upper respiratory tract infection?

How common is it for somebody to get upper respiratory tract infection?

Extremely common: Upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold or bronchitis, are one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. ...Read more

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

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

A cold: Is any inferction that involves your nose, sinus, throat, or larynx not involving the lungs or brnchi. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have symptoms come back after being diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection?

Is it normal to have symptoms come back after being diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection?

No: If you have had a cough (or congestion or fever) and gotten better and then the symptoms recurred, your infection if back. A chest xray to rule out pneumonia is usually not warranted unless you have a high fever, colored sputum, shortness of breath or chest pain. Keep hydrated and rest. However, should symptoms persist for 3-4 days, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Does Keflex treat upper respiratory tract infection?

It depends: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral in nature and antibiotics aren't indicated. If are given antibiotics for presumed bacterial sinus or lung infection, in all likelihood Keflex won't be first choice. It could be used, however, if you are allergic to other antibiotics and cannot use anything else. ...Read more

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What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

URTI = common cold: If fever, headache and malaise, anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can be helpful. Rest. Stay hydrated to thin nasal secretions. Warm saline gargles and saline nasal spray or irrigations are also helpful for sore throat and cough, post nasal drip respectively. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for upper respiratory tract infection?

Cold: There is no treatment that works particularly well for the usual upper respiratory tract infection. The vast majority of these are caused by viruses for which there is no treatment. You are treating only the symptoms (runny nose, mild cough, feeling yucky); the otc cold medications help some with these symptoms, and are ok to use, but they are not a cure. ...Read more

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My daughter had cold and upper respiratory tract infection and she got dry cough for 12 days after the treatment . Should I give defcort? no night sle

My daughter had cold and upper respiratory tract infection and she got dry cough for 12 days after the treatment . Should I give defcort? no night sle

No until you: have tried simpler "treatment"...eg: HUMIDIFIER.....and non-cortisone containing cough medication eg: Robitussin (guaifenesin) (OTC) It takes a while during this season (summer colds) for cough's to go away! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How can a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

Worsening: Respiratory infection can become pneumonia, increase in size, and cause much of the lung to be not functional. There is also necrosis of the lung or death of the tissue causing a nonfunctional lung tissue. It can also lead to sepsis which can overwhelm the person and cause multi organ failure. ...Read more

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How does a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

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How does a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

Exhaustion: A respiratory tract infection can increase work of breathing due to inflammation of the airways or filling of the airspaces with fluid; this increase in work can go beyond what the patient can sustain, especially if they are older and otherwise sick. ...Read more

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What's the difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infection ?

What's the difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infection ?

The term....: "upper respiratory infection" usually refers to the common cold, but generally means any infection that effects the upper part of the respiratory (breathing) system, namely the nose and throat. The lower respiratory tract is made up of the large airways and the lungs. A lower respiratory infection usually means bronchitis or pneumonia, tends to be more severe and to affect breathing much more. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get upper respiratory tract infection off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get upper respiratory tract infection off and on?

Rarely: Certain patients get recurrent upper respiratory infections that exceed the normal number that most people are susceptible to getting. Sometimes people have allergic rhinitis/allergies that can be difficult to discern from a minor upper respiratory tract viral infection or sinusitis. Rarely, certain deficiencies in our immune system can cause recurrent respiratory infection, so talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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If I have a upper respiratory tract infection and/or bacterial sinus infection, what kind of specialist should I see? Ent?

If I have a upper respiratory tract infection and/or bacterial sinus infection, what kind of specialist should I see? Ent?

Not so fast: Unless its complicated in some way, it's probably easiest to see a family physician. If it's not any better, and ENT would be your next bet. ...Read more

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I was unsuccessfully treated with strep throat and now have a bacterial upper respiratory tract infection. Is this a complication?

I was unsuccessfully treated with strep throat and now have a bacterial upper respiratory tract infection. Is this a complication?

Sure.: Once you have irritation from any disease and excess mucus is present, another bug can move it. Mucus is a germ magnet. It doesn't happen all the time, but it happens quite often. Usually appears 7-10 days after strep (new germs have to multiply enough to cause symptoms.) The antibiotics that help strep, won't prevent germs immune to it from moving right on in. ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

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Respiratory (Definition)

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