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Doctor insights on: Upper Respiratory Infection Vs Lower Respiratory Infection

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Dr. Martin Raff
254 Doctors shared insights

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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What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

It depends: On how long you have had it and how serious it is. If minor symptoms, consider reading the link below for some advice.
http://summaries. Cochrane. Org/search/site/cold

if productive cough, fever, etc, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

Comfort: You have a cold...rest and hydrate. Not much else you can do. Try not to spread it to others. Please be specific in your next question if you want something more. ...Read more

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Should I go back to work after 3 days with an upper respiratory infection?

URI Symptoms: As long as the symptoms have improved significantly, I think going back to work would be fine. If you still need cold medicine, I wouldn't go back yet as the medicines can make you excessively sleepy. Feel better! ...Read more

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I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster

7-10 days: Most upper respiratory infections resolve in a week to 10 days. Things that will help are pushing fluids, rest, getting enough sleep and possibly extra vitamin C. If he is getting worse or not getting better in a week he should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

Yes: An upper respiratory tract infection is always contagious. The word that you use, infection, means that it is usually viral and much less frequently bacterial. Therefore, if you cough or sneeze you are shedding infectious material to the next person or into the environment. ...Read more

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How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr said I have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

Dr said I have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

Depends: That depends on the infection and what virus/bacteria is causing it. Generally, use proper hygiene and never forget that proper hand washing is the number one means for preventing the spread of infection. ...Read more

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Hi, I get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should I worry?

Hi, I get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should I worry?

Probably okay: This is probably not a concern. Viruses that cause upper respiratory infections are common. Here's some things to do to try and prevent getting infected. Wash hands frequently and keep them away from your face. Avoid areas where people are coughing and sneezing. Check with your doctor to get some basic lab test done. ...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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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?

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 are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

What are the tests for upper respiratory infection?

Usually none: The diagnosis can usually be made by taking a history and examining the patient. In most cases no tests are necessary. Cultures, rapid strep screens, x-rays may be done if your doctor suspects bacterial complications or something other than uri. ...Read more

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Can you exercise with a upper respiratory infection?

Can you exercise with a upper respiratory infection?

Yes: Yes in general, if your symtoms are not severe, as long as you are not ill with fever, systemic symptoms, lung symptoms such as shortness of breath. ...Read more

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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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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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Would you go to work if you had a bad upper respiratory infection?

Would you go to work if you had a bad upper respiratory infection?

Yes and no: I'd work if a) I felt O.K., b) my performance was not critical, c) I was hygienic enough to prevent contagion, and d) others were available to cover my duties. ...Read more

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How long will it remain effect with an upper respiratory infection?

How long will it remain effect with an upper respiratory infection?

Superinfection: Colds, or upper respiratory infections, are most commonly cause by viral infections which resolve on their own in 3-7 days. Viral infections do NOT respond to antibiotics. However, when your immune system is taxed by fighting the viral infection, bacterial infections can set in. Symptoms that do not improve within a few days, worsening symptoms, new fever or chest pain warrants a doctor visit. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: upper respiratory infection?

Infection of airways: 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, voice box, or windpipe. ...Read more

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What are the long-term complications of an untreated upper respiratory infection?

Chronic changes: One can see chronicity of infection or non-infectious complications to almost any area in the upper respiratory tract. The problem is that many, if not most, of these infections are not treatable by elimination of the pathogen because they are viral and can only be managed symptomatically. ...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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How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

URTI: Treating the infection & staying warm, plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a upper respiratory infection fast?

What do I do to get rid of a upper respiratory infection fast?

No quick fix known: There is currently no cure for the common upper respiratory infection, most often caused by a viral infection. Some people believe that taking supplemental vitamin c may help. Good nutrition and adequate sleep will help. ...Read more

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How to tell when I got a bacterial upper respiratory infection?

Airborne & fingers: The air you breathe & fingers that touch your face/lips will bring you the agents of respiratory illness. They are usually symptomatic within 48-72 hours of your exposure. Good hand washing and antiseptic hand solution can cut your risk level. ...Read more

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How do I best control my asthma when I get an upper respiratory infection?

How do I best control my asthma when I get an upper respiratory infection?

Corticosteroid: This is somewhat controversial but:
Start taking or increase your inhaled corticosteroid to a high dose AT THE FIRST SIGN of a cold before it gets to the chest is your best chance of mitigating an attack. If you wait it may be too late. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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
543 Doctors shared insights

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