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Doctor insights on: Recurrent Upper Respiratory Infections In Adults

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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What are the causes of recurrent respiratory infections?

What are the causes of recurrent respiratory infections?

Chronic: Inflammation, defects or problems clearing secretions, recurrent or constant exposure to environmental irritants or infectious agents, among other things. ...Read more

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Is there a type of diet should an adult with a significant upper respiratory infection be on?

Is there a type of diet should an adult with a significant upper respiratory infection be on?

No: There is no specific diet for a urti (upper respiratory tract infection), but eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help your immune system combat the virus or bacteria causing the infection. Vitamin supplements such as vitamin c and zinc have been shown to help boost the immune system. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids! ...Read more

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What meds treat upper respiratory infections?

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What meds treat upper respiratory infections?

Depends: Depends on what it is. If it is a bacterial infection, such as strep pharyngitis, you may need antibiotics (though not all pharyngitis will). If it is a viral infection, it is just supportive care. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of upper respiratory infections?

What are the most common causes of upper respiratory infections?

"Colds": Viruses (e.g. Rhinovirus, respiratory syscitial virus, adenovirus, para-influenza and influenza viruses, etc.,) are the most common. These account for the vast majority of uppoer respiratory illnesses. ...Read more

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How to prevent upper respiratory infections...?

Wash your hands: Avoid getting coughed & sneezed upon! Eat right & exercise regularly to maintain your immune system. And keep washing your hands! By the way, most upper respiratory infections (uris) or common colds are viral in nature. Thus they don't respond to antibiotics. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days so be prepared. ...Read more

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Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

The term "upper....: ...Respiratory infection" is the medical name for the common cold. Can elders catch colds? Yes. ...Read more

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Signs that my baby has a respiratory infection?

Signs that my baby has a respiratory infection?

Cough and runny nose: A respiratory infection is, basically, a cold. Typical symptoms are cough, runny nose and congestion, restlessness, fever possibly. Sometimes they don't eat as well, especially with the runny nose. If there's trouble breathing, a lot of fever or dehydration, call your pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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What are the signs of respiratory or sinus infection?

What are the signs of respiratory or sinus infection?

Different infection: Respiratory infections can be different types and variable presentations. Usually there is runny nose, congestion, with yellow or green mucus discharge, post nasal drip, cough, face pain, forehead pain, headache, fever...... ...Read more

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What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections?

What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections?

Lots of things: Technically, viruses, bacteria and fungus are infections. There are lots of other 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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What is septilin? And how safe and effective it is in minor upper respiratory infections?

What is septilin? And how safe and effective it is in minor upper respiratory infections?

Don't bother: It's a combo of different herbal preparations. In lab rats and mice, a small study showed that low doses of septilin may help but high doses of septilin seemed to impair the immune system. This was in lab rats and mice. You are neither so it really does not apply to you. There is no credible evidence this helps people fight infections. It is not tested for safety or effectiveness. ...Read more

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What causes leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

What causes leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

Leukopenia: The list of things that can cause leukopenia is very long and includes both benign and malignant conditions. It is very important that this be evaluated by a hematologist, and maybe an immunologist, especially if the person is having frequent respiratory infections as well. ...Read more

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My hubby & 10 wk son r sick, respiratory infection, 6 days. I think I may b getting it, pervention?

My hubby & 10 wk son r sick, respiratory infection, 6 days. I think I may b getting it, pervention?

Hard to prevent it: If one truly has gotten a cold virus, it will have to run its course. Some people take extra vitamin c (may upset the stomach) and some take extra zinc (most lozenges have lots of sugar), but how much these things help is uncertain. Avoiding overexertion, such as not running a 3-mile race, is wise. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help with aches and fevers. A doctor can check for strep throat or the flu. ...Read more

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Respiratory infection or asthma, what's the difference?

Respiratory infection or asthma, what's the difference?

Big differences: A respiratory infection is an acute, infection that generally improves with antibiotic therapy. Asthma is a chronic condition. Attacks are usual brought on by "triggers" like animal dander, dust mites, cold air, etc. If you suspect asthma, get checked by your physician and treated if needed.
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What would I take for upper respiratory viral infection?

What would I take for upper respiratory viral infection?

You may use any: Analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen provided you drink plenty of liquids. You can take antihistamines at night to help dry up secretions (like nasal) and cough suppressants to help with cough. You can use nasal sprays for congestion, and most of all you should use garlic to help prevent these viral infections in the future. ...Read more

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What is upper respiratory infection?

What is upper respiratory infection?

URI: An upper respiratory infection is any infection that effects the nose, throat, sinuses or ears. Most doctors use it to mean the common cold. ...Read more

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What is an upper respiratory infection?

What is an upper respiratory infection?

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 more

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What is an upper respiratory infection? How is it treated?

What is an upper respiratory infection? How is it treated?

Uri: Mostly viral 80 % supprortive t/t will suffice fluids saline gargles eest ...Read more

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Is vibramycin (doxycycline) effective for respiratory infections?

Is vibramycin (doxycycline) effective for respiratory infections?

Generally not: Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics. Vibramycin (doxycycline) will treat some bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes respiratory infection in humans?

Viruses: Viruses are the #1 cause. Bacteria can also cause respiratory infections. Rarely there are parasites and fungi that can infect the lungs as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: respiratory tract infections?

What is the definition or description of: respiratory tract infections?

See below: 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 virus, bacteria or fungus. ...Read more

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What is responsible for leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

What is responsible for leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

Number of causes: Infection itself can cause leukopenia due to demand supply issue. Drugs can do it. So can cancers, certain type of infections and a host of causes that decrease production of the cells in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Can a child get an infection from a cat that has a respiratory infection?

Can a child get an infection from a cat that has a respiratory infection?

Not likely: There are illnesses that can pass from animals to humans like tapeworm, skin fungus called ringworm, leptospirosis, and some others. It is not likely that a cat will pass a respiratory infection to your child. It is unusual for animals to be ill so I would have the cat see the vet. ...Read more

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I've got a respiratory infection please help. What are the best meds for this?

Depends: It depends on the type of infection. If you have strep, then Amoxicillin is one choice.
If you have a more atypical respiratory illness such as mycoplasma, then a course of Azithromycin is indicated. If you are allergic to any medications, it is important that you let your physician know. Most respiratory illness are viral and in healthy individuals requires no antiviral treatment. ...Read more

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What's the name of the respiratory infection caused by air conditioning units?

None really: You are thinking of legionella pneumonia, but its not caused by the air conditioning unit. It is caused by the standing water being contaminated by the bug legionella pneumophilla. It can also cause allergic or hypersensitivity reactions in the lung, and generally only affects those with other chronic illnesses (heart failure or emphysema). ...Read more

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After respiratory infection my daily 02 stats stay below 88. What could be causing this?

After respiratory infection my daily 02 stats stay below 88. What could be causing this?

Mgt suggestions: After a respiratory infection, there can be residual asthma associated symptoms. If this is associated with cough, chest tightness, wheezing, for example, then an inhaler to reverse bronchospasm may alleviate the symptoms.
Since you have pulmonary hypertension, it is important to follow up with your specialist. They can adjust your oxygen supplementation to keep your saturation above 90 percent. ...Read more

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My husband has a respiratory infection (3rd day, 1st on meds), is ok for him to be around 10wk baby?

My husband has a respiratory infection (3rd day, 1st on meds), is ok for him to be around 10wk baby?

Yes: Remember that infections aren't spread by magic. This type would be spread by contact, either with infected surfaces or respiratory secretions spread by coughs or sneezes. Good hand washing and mouth covering should suffice, just be careful. But no reason dad needs to be banished to the basement... ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Respiratory (Definition)

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