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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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How fast can I make my upper respiratory tract infection go away?

Dr. Rashed Hasan
Board Certified, Pediatric Critical Care
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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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Dr. Susan Arnoult
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Will an upper respiratory tract infection go away by itself?

Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

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

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Dr. Jason Black
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How common is it for somebody to get upper respiratory tract infection?

Dr. Jason Black
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
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What is the definition or description of: upper respiratory tract infection?

Dr. Alvaro Aranda
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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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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Does upper respiratory tract infection usually cause many symptoms?

Dr. Rashed Hasan
Board Certified, Pediatric Critical Care
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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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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

Dr. Anifat Balogun
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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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Dr. Brian Bezack
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Is upper respiratory tract infection the same as atypical pneumonia?

Dr. Brian Bezack
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Is upper respiratory tract infection the same as atypical pneumonia?

No: Atypical pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria such as mycoplasma pneumoniae. It is an infection in the lower respiratory tract. An upper respiratory tract infection is more similar the a. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr
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Which treatment works the best and fastest for upper respiratory tract infection?

Dr. Colin Kerr
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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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