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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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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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How do you know if child has upper respiratory infection or cold?

How do you know if child has upper respiratory infection or cold?

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

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What is the twice a day pediatric dose of amoxycillin of a child weighing 10kg for a simple respiratory tract infection. Tks?

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

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What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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

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What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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

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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'

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

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18mo no allergies, no CF, no PCD, asthma that meds won't control, constant respirtory infections resist antibiotx. Do some kids just always "rattle"?

18mo no allergies, no CF, no PCD, asthma that meds won't control, constant respirtory infections resist antibiotx. Do some kids just always "rattle"?

Check for GERD: Kids shouldn't rattle. Should make sure gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) isn't contributing. Also immune work up for immunodeficiency is appropriate. ...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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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

Mgt/workup: 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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