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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

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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Can anyone tell me what causes respiratory infection in humans?

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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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?

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

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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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Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

YES...: Air, pollution can cause irritation to the developing airways. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, for example, can lead to airway hypersensitivity, hyper-reactivity leading to cough, breathing difficulty, wheezing, which eventually make the infant vulnerable to infections, e.g. Respiratory, ear infections, etc. And chronic ill health. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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. Peter Ihle
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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