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Respiratory Infections In Kids
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
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
The same: Some people call an upper respiratory infection a cold, both are usually caused by a virus and treating the symptoms is all that is necessary while your body fights the infection. If your child is has a fever, is having trouble eating or breathing, you should see your family doctor. Colds, and all other upper respiratory infections, are contagious, so avoid coughing/touching or kissing people. ...Read more
What is the twice a day pediatric dose of amoxycillin of a child weighing 10kg for a simple respiratory tract infection. Tks?
Viral infection: Simple respiratory tract infection sounds like an upper respiratory tract infection or uris. Uris are viral infections not treated with any antibiotics. Viral infections resolve with symptomatic care like fever control, hydration and nasal saline spray/drops. 10kg child is about 15 months old and saline spray would be the treatment unless your dr is treating something else. ...Read more
Weak respirations: As Duchennes muscular dystrophy progresses, the muscles of respiration become weakened. As a result the person does not have the forceful breathing and cough to clear secretions from the respiratory tract. As soon as a cold begins you should give vigorous chest physical therapy to mobilize the secretions and if necessary suction them. ...Read more
What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?
Impaired muscles: When dmd affects the muscles of breathing, patients have difficulty clearing secretions which can lead to increased infections. Chest pt can be useful to break the secretions up and allow them to be cleared. If there is an issue with scoliosis, this should be addressed early to prevent further repiratory compromise later in the disease course. ...Read more
Unable to diagnose throat pain...Please help! I have had sinus, thraot and upper respiratory infections since I was a child. Last summer, at 37, I finally had my tonsils and adenoids removed. The ENT released me and said everything healed great and doesn'
Your: Your son's slp raises a distinct clinical possibility. Sore throat, refered otalgia, globus sensation, and cough can be seen with lpr. I would be very interested to know what your dietary habits are (smoking, drinking, caffeine intake, late meals at night, etc.), current level of stress, history of reflux or peptic ulcer disease, and response to antacid therapy of any type since onset of symptoms. The laryngeal exam would be of interest, since there are often clues that support a diagnosis of LPR (posterior laryngeal redness/ mucosal swelling, pachyderma, contact granulomas, etc.). If the physical findings are not there, yet one strongly suspects LPR because of a strong hoistory, you could get 24 hour ph monitoring (dual channel) to objectively study reflux events. The simpler alternative would be to empirically treat you with ppi therapy (omeprazole 40 mg bid for 6 weeks, then wean down with symptomatic response). Understand that if this is lpr, it needs to be treated longer, and typically more aggressively, than simple gerd. This is only an internet impression, and my personal approach, and you should discuss this with your or another ent, or in consultation with a GI specialist. ...Read more
18mo no allergies, no CF, no PCD, asthma that meds won't control, constant respirtory infections resist antibiotx. Do some kids just always "rattle"?
What is the proper workup for recurrent upper respiratory infections in a healthy 60 year old male?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bronchitis: Immune system compromised from repeated infections.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Can you please describe the most likely source of 2 year old's streptococus infection of respiratory?
Family member: Family member infected by strep infection is most often the source. ...Read more
Any particular reasons for why I get so sick so often? In the last 7 months I've had bronchitis twice, strep, and 4 upper respiratory infections
I would suggest a complete physical exam and some screening labs.
Good hand washing, using clorox wipes on surfaces and hand sanitizer such as purell, can help prevent illness. Avoid smoke and crowded areas for sometime, rest and eat well.
A virtual follow up appt can be made online. ...Read more
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