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Is Upper Respiratory Infection Contagious
URI's are contagious: Person to person spread is the most common way people develop upper respiratory tract infections (uri's). Secretions carrying the virus (and sometimes bacteria) are transferred by touching a hand to the nose and mouth or by inhaling droplets from an affected person who is sneezing or coughing. This is why hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes is important when you have a cold. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
URI: Upper respiratory infection usually means a cold. Runny nose, congestion, fever, headache and cough all may be symptoms or any combination of them. Uri are viral infections and usually clear on their own with rest and liquids and tyelenol for fever and aches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?
Lower respiratory: Upper respiratory infections involve upper airways such as throat, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea as, nd bronchi. When the disease process in the bronchi, or bronchitis, continues, it could begin to involve lower airways in the lung tissues, which is then more advanced lower respiratory infections or pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends: Upper respiratory tract infections usually involve the sinuses. There are a wide variety of antibiotics used for acute bacterial sinusitis. Bactrim (a sulfa drug), Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (a penicillin type drug) and doxycyline (a tetracycline) are commonly used. Levaquin (a quinolone) can be used as well but i tend to reserve this for sicker patients. ...Read more
Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only: If it is a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections however, are viral and many people mistake a viral rhinnitis for sinusitis and take unnecessary antibiotics. Sounds like you may be considering taking left over keflex. Would recommend against that. Rather consult your doctor. ...Read more
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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