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How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

URTI: Treating the infection & staying warm, plenty of fluids. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

An infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and otitis media. Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, bronchiolitis, tracheitis and pneumonia. These infections can be caused by a ...Read more


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What do I do to get rid of a upper respiratory infection fast?

What do I do to get rid of a upper respiratory infection fast?

No quick fix known: There is currently no cure for the common upper respiratory infection, most often caused by a viral infection. Some people believe that taking supplemental vitamin c may help. Good nutrition and adequate sleep will help. ...Read more

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I don't have asthma and recently had an upper respiratory infection. How can I get rid of it?

I don't have asthma and recently had an upper respiratory infection. How can I get rid of it?

Sinus infection: Most viral respiratory infections will resolve spontaneously after 7=10 days. Persistent cold like symptoms is suggestive of sinus infection. Frequently with sinus infections there is associated cough. Sinusitis will sometimes also resolve spontaneously or respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had Upper Respiratory Infection since last Tuesday. How can I get rid of this nagging cough? What helps it go away faster?

Had Upper Respiratory Infection since last Tuesday. How can I get rid of this nagging cough? What helps it go away faster?

Coughing: In the coarse of a typical cold, the cough will last about 3 weeks, improving the second week and just a morning residual cough the third week. If it is not following this and instead it is getting worse, see your doctor. Rest and fluids are the best treatment. ...Read more

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I had a recent upper respiratory infection. What is the most effective treatment?

I had a recent upper respiratory infection. What is the most effective treatment?

Time and Drugs: There are lots of things that can cause a persistent cough. Some will go way on their own like colds, viral infections etc. Others will not go away such as chronic sinusitis, allergies etc. If you are still coughing, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Is amox-clav 875 great for getting rid of upper respiratory infection?

Is amox-clav 875 great for getting rid of upper respiratory infection?

Bad choice: When you take an antibiotic for a cold, you're taking a placebo, since a cold is caused by a virus, and antibiotics only treat bacteria. As placebos go, amox/clav (augmentin) is a pretty "big gun, " since it kills lots of bacteria (more than you'd need to kill even if you did have a bacterial infection), and is more likely to cause diarrhea and c. Difficile colitis. ...Read more

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I have a viral rash with a upper respiratory infection. I tend to get the rash with a fever but this is the first time the rash has been so painful?

I have a viral rash with a upper respiratory infection. I tend to get the rash with a fever but this is the first time the rash has been so painful?

Rash characteristics: It would be very important to show this rash to a doctor. If the rash is painful, it suggests something more serious might be going on. There are some viruses that can do that (like varicella or the chicken pox virus). Then again, there could be some hematologic phenomenon going on. I would highly recommend seeing a doctor who could tell you more the rash. Also, I would not waste time -do it today ...Read more

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Can you get a upper respiratory infection with symptoms of just shortness of breath and lightheaded?

Can you get a upper respiratory infection with symptoms of just shortness of breath and lightheaded?

Uncertain: Symptoms of shortness of breath and lightheadedness may be the result of an upper respiratory infection, but other conditions, such as heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease, heart attack, stroke, other serious infections in the blood stream or abdomen, diabetes with severe acidosis, dehydration, or intestinal hemorrhage can cause the same symptoms. A prompt medical evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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How do I best control my asthma when I get an upper respiratory infection?

How do I best control my asthma when I get an upper respiratory infection?

Corticosteroid: This is somewhat controversial but: Start taking or increase your inhaled corticosteroid to a high dose AT THE FIRST SIGN of a cold before it gets to the chest is your best chance of mitigating an attack. If you wait it may be too late. ...Read more

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Hi, I get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should I worry?

Hi, I get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should I worry?

Probably okay: This is probably not a concern. Viruses that cause upper respiratory infections are common. Here's some things to do to try and prevent getting infected. Wash hands frequently and keep them away from your face. Avoid areas where people are coughing and sneezing. Check with your doctor to get some basic lab test done. ...Read more

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I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

7-10 days: Most upper respiratory infections resolve in a week to 10 days. Things that will help are pushing fluids, rest, getting enough sleep and possibly extra vitamin C. If he is getting worse or not getting better in a week he should see a doctor. ...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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Why do we get steroid shot for an upper respiratory infection?

Why do we get steroid shot for an upper respiratory infection?

Not for uri: Steroid shot are usually given by m d in case severe asthma attack or laringitis or severe allergic reactions... ...Read more

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Whenever I get an upper respiratory infection, I urinate blood. This always lasts about 5-8 days and I am completely miserable. Is it kidney disease?

Whenever I get an upper respiratory infection, I urinate blood. This always lasts about 5-8 days and I am completely miserable. Is it kidney disease?

Urinating blood: Some upper respiratory pathogens like mycoplasma can be associated with Ig A nephropathy and or hemolytic anemia. There is an entity called Goodpastures an autoimmune condition that is associated with hematuria and pulmonary issues but it is usually more severe. Would follow up with nephrologist ...Read more

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Is it possible to get temporary vasculitis in your hands related to a viral upper respiratory infection? My palms and fingers still feel different when touching things under pulsating a little bit now. Ice cubes still inflamed both palms and cause extreme

Is it possible to get temporary vasculitis in your hands related to a viral upper respiratory infection? My palms and fingers still feel different when touching things under pulsating a little bit now. Ice cubes still inflamed both palms and cause extreme

Finish question: Sounds a bit far-fetched, but vasculitis can follow an infectious process - don't know about the temporary character of that vasculitis, one would hope it was short-lived. The symptoms you describe sound like a type of urticaria, a chronic inflammatory process. I suggest you see either an allergist and/or immunologist to unravel this mystery ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

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, ...Read more