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Doctor insights on: Upper Respiratory Infection And A Sore Throat For 3 Weeks

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How long could viral upper respiratory infection last?! It's been a week, still coughing a lot, sore throat, no voice : (

How long could viral upper respiratory infection last?! It's been a week, still coughing a lot, sore throat, no voice : (

Several weeks: The active infection can sometimes last 2 weeks, and the inflammation and cough can last longer than that in some cases. Hang in there, most people in your situation will be feeling better soon. ...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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I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

Can be: All of the above, what you are describing sounds like a viral disease, which can be a cold, flu or upper respiratory infection, with all the symptoms noted. Rest, fluids, pain killers and salt water gargles, if no improvement, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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My son has had an upper respiratory infection and ear infx over week. His glands are swollen on neck and he says they hurt. Is this normal? Meningitis?

My son has had an upper respiratory infection and ear infx over week. His glands are swollen on neck and he says they hurt. Is this normal? Meningitis?

Fever? Stiff neck?: The symptoms aren't "normal", but are common with infections of the head, neck, & throat. (They could be viral, or strep. Please check w/ your pediatrician). Painful glands generally point to bacterial more than viral, but only way to be sure is by testing. Meningitis, or infection that spreads to the lining of the brain, would present with high fever (104F), neck stiffness, irritability, lethargy ...Read more

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Could this be menegitis? I was diagnosed with an ear infection and an upper respiratory infection yesterday at the emergency room. Now my neck is feeling stiff, what could be the cause of this?

Could this be menegitis? I was diagnosed with an ear infection and an upper respiratory infection yesterday at the emergency room. Now my neck is feeling stiff, what could be the cause of this?

It: It looks like you have a simple viral illness. However, your neck stiffness needs to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Indeed, the presence of headache, high fevers, and vomiting would imply something ominous. In that case, your best bet is a trip to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Ear, nose &throat problems. I was diagnosed with the upper respiratory infection four months ago and it's not better.

Ear, nose &throat problems. I was diagnosed with the upper respiratory infection four months ago and it's not better.

Get an opinion: From and ENT specialist. It could be allergy or even occult cancer, especially with smoking history. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and he said I had an upper respiratory infection but I don't know what has started a throbbing and swollen feeling at the bottom left of my throat please help me I'm so worried?

I went to the doctor and he said I had an upper respiratory infection but I don't know what has started a throbbing and swollen feeling at the bottom left of my throat please help me I'm so worried?

See below: That is tough to answer without actually being able to see into your mouth and palpate your cervical lymph nodes. If your worried about it, I would go back to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Started allergy shots 8 months ago. Is it normal to get throat infection or upper respiratory infection In fall with weather changing of dry weather?

Started allergy shots 8 months ago. Is it normal to get throat infection or upper respiratory infection In fall with weather changing of dry weather?

Yes: Throat infections such as strep throat, and upper respiratory infections such as the common cold, are very common and affect everyone, including people taking allergy shots. Taking allergy shots does not prevent a person from catching contagious diseases like throat and nose infections. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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I'm curious how can you have upper respiratory infection and GI virus at the same time?

I'm curious how can you have upper respiratory infection and GI virus at the same time?

VIRAL: Certain virus, for instance adenovirus, may affect both upper respiratory and GI tract. Although, usually this is a different subgroup of the virus. ...Read more

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Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills. Should I see another dr?

Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills. Should I see another dr?

If you are worse: If cough medicine was prescribed the doctor is telling you that antibiotics will not be helpful for the virus you may have. If worsening symptoms however get rechecked. Good luck ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?

I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?

Could be normal: Generally speaking patients with illnesses that cause heavy coughing can develop some blood tinged sputum. As long as you're under treatment and it does not worsen and improves you should be fine. The biggest concern with bloody sputum is tuberculosis, and unless you have reason to believe you have had exposure tuberculosisyou will likely be fine. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection and have been taking clarithromycin for 2 days. I now have cold like symptoms an a blocked ear. Is this normal?

I have an upper respiratory infection and have been taking clarithromycin for 2 days. I now have cold like symptoms an a blocked ear. Is this normal?

Blocked ear: Quite common. Do not worry about it. The infection can take a week to ten days to clear. Good luck and hang in there. See my other answer to this question. ...Read more

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Hello, about a week ago I was diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory infection and later otitis externa do I clean my ears after using the drops?

Hello, about a week ago I was diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory infection and later otitis externa do I clean my ears after using the drops?

Mgt: I would recommend, gently wicking away any excess liquid with a cotton ball after allowing the application of the drops a few moments in the ear canal. ...Read more

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How many days can we take doxicycline 100mg for upper respiratory infection? And would it be once or 2x a day? Thanks.

Depends: The treatment period and dosing for Doxycycline depends on the severity of the infection. For upper respiratory infections in adults the dosing is usually twice daily for seven days. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection and sinusitis now my groin hurts?

Was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection and sinusitis now my groin hurts?

Coughing and hernia: Repeated, sudden increases in abdominal pressure such as coughing an sneezing can cause an inguinal hernia. If you feel a lump in the groin, almost certainly this is a hernia. If it persists it gets worse, see your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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Over the past 48 hours I've developed an upper respiratory infection and have been coughing up green sputum. Also my voice has become worse and most likely will be gone tomorrow. Would a Z-pack be beneficial to me.?

Over the past 48 hours I've developed an upper respiratory infection and have been coughing up green sputum. Also my voice has become worse and most likely will be gone tomorrow. Would a Z-pack be beneficial to me.?

Rest...: 28 y/o Female says, over the past 48hrs I've developed an upper respiratory infection and have been coughing up green sputum. Also my voice has become worse and most likely will be gone tomorrow. Would Z-Pak be beneficial? Most colds go by themselves; Rest, enjoy comfort foods, drink warm fluids, avoid alcohol, take OTC analgesics of one's choice. See PCP if Fever, Cough, chest pain... persist ...Read more

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I had an upper respiratory infection and lost my sense of taste and smell. Sense of taste has returned but now I smell smoky fumes all the time.

Hard to tell: It sounds like you had a viral infection that injured the olfactory nerve fibers that are present at the top of the inside of the nose. If your sense of taste has returned, it is likely that the odd smell you have will also resolve. If it does not have an ENT doctor visualize the superior portion of the inside of your nose with an endoscope just to be sure that area is normal. ...Read more

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I have a viral upper respiratory infection and in the past 3 days I've lost 12 pounds and I have been eating full meals do you know what it could be?

I have a viral upper respiratory infection and in the past 3 days I've lost 12 pounds and I have been eating full meals do you know what it could be?

Highly unlikely: See your doctor if it is not simple dehydration. Start drinking as much water as you can at least 60 ounces a day. If this does not help you check with your doctor. Also if your doctor diagnosed your condition you need a follow up. Only obese people are able to lose that much weight relatively quickly from not eating when sick. ...Read more

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I went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave me was cough meds. I have a pack of tamiflu (oseltamivir). will that help?

I went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave me was cough meds. I have a pack of tamiflu (oseltamivir). will that help?

Would presume no.: I’d assume the doctor who examined you thought that this was not the flu. As such, Oseltamivir would likely provide you no benefit. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

No drugs: Symptoms of URI are runny nose, cough, low grade fever, decreased appetite etc. Please do not use any over the counter medicines besides tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for reducing the fever. Most of the uri's are self limiting and symptomatic treatment with lots of fluids and rest are sufficient. If there is worsening of symptoms please see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Does tinnitis from ear fluid build up and or infection go away when it clears? It started with an upper respiratory infection, and now it's glue ear.

Does tinnitis from ear fluid build up and or infection go away when it clears? It started with an upper respiratory infection, and now it's glue ear.

Yes: If I'm understanding you correctly, you've developed noise in your ear after a cold, and you've been diagnosed as having fluid behind your ear drum. Fluid in the middle ear after a cold will usually resolve on its own after 6 to 8 weeks. You can definitely defelop noise with this, sometimes ringing, often a roaring sound. It should resolve when the fluid resolves. If not, see ent. ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Pediatrics: Any time you feel a 4 year old is getting worse the best course of action is to call the doctor, tell them what is going on and follow their directions. Hopefully she was seen by a pediatrician or an experienced family practitioner. If not, do that now. Better safe than sorry. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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. Norma jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more