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Does upper respiratory tract infection usually cause many symptoms?

Does upper respiratory tract infection usually cause many symptoms?

URTI: Upper respiratory infection (urti) usually refer to symptoms of runny or congested nose +/- fever, malaise and aches and pain usually due to a virus such the influenza virus. However, urti may become complicated by sinus infection or middle ear infection, which will produce their own symptoms. Younger children often get middle ear infection in association with urti. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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How common is it for somebody to get upper respiratory tract infection?

How common is it for somebody to get upper respiratory tract infection?

Extremely common: Upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold or bronchitis, are one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Can viruses cause upper respiratory tract infections?

Can viruses cause upper respiratory tract infections?

Yes: Rhinitis, nasopharyngitis or the common cold, pharyngitis, rhinosinusitis or sinusitis, and laryngitis can be caused by viral infections. Most common viruses: rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, influenza virus, coronavirus, and coxsackievirus. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

URTI = common cold: If fever, headache and malaise, anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can be helpful. Rest. Stay hydrated to thin nasal secretions. Warm saline gargles and saline nasal spray or irrigations are also helpful for sore throat and cough, post nasal drip respectively. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get upper respiratory tract infection off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get upper respiratory tract infection off and on?

Rarely: Certain patients get recurrent upper respiratory infections that exceed the normal number that most people are susceptible to getting. Sometimes people have allergic rhinitis/allergies that can be difficult to discern from a minor upper respiratory tract viral infection or sinusitis. Rarely, certain deficiencies in our immune system can cause recurrent respiratory infection, so talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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How to tell if I have an upper respiratory tract infection or something else?

How to tell if I have an upper respiratory tract infection or something else?

By visiting Ur Doc.: It's physicians, but not you are rigorously trained to make a diagnosis. So pay a visit to your PCP. Best! ...Read more

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Does Keflex treat upper respiratory tract infection?

Does Keflex treat upper respiratory tract infection?

It depends: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral in nature and antibiotics aren't indicated. If are given antibiotics for presumed bacterial sinus or lung infection, in all likelihood Keflex won't be first choice. It could be used, however, if you are allergic to other antibiotics and cannot use anything else. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

URTI = common cold: If fever, headache and malaise, anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can be helpful. Rest. Stay hydrated to thin nasal secretions. Warm saline gargles and saline nasal spray or irrigations are also helpful for sore throat and cough, post nasal drip respectively. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for upper respiratory tract infection?

Cold: There is no treatment that works particularly well for the usual upper respiratory tract infection. The vast majority of these are caused by viruses for which there is no treatment. You are treating only the symptoms (runny nose, mild cough, feeling yucky); the otc cold medications help some with these symptoms, and are ok to use, but they are not a cure. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

URI: Upper Respiratory infections can involve the pharynx, larynx, nose or sinuses. Most are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

What is an upper respiratory tract infection?

URI: Upper Respiratory infections can involve the pharynx, larynx, nose or sinuses. Most are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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

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

A cold: Is any inferction that involves your nose, sinus, throat, or larynx not involving the lungs or brnchi. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have symptoms come back after being diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection?

Is it normal to have symptoms come back after being diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection?

No: If you have had a cough (or congestion or fever) and gotten better and then the symptoms recurred, your infection if back. A chest xray to rule out pneumonia is usually not warranted unless you have a high fever, colored sputum, shortness of breath or chest pain. Keep hydrated and rest. However, should symptoms persist for 3-4 days, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can I use for upper respiratory tract infection if I don't have a doctor?

Symptomatic relief..: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral so relief of symptoms is helpful. Drinking plenty of fluids, salt water nasal sprays for relieving congestion, throat lozenges/sprays for sore throat may be all that is needed for a few days. If a fever, cough productive of green or bloody sputum or shortness of breath develops, see a doctor right away. Also, if symptoms persist/worsen, see doctor. ...Read more

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Will an upper respiratory tract infection go away by itself?

Yes: URIs are caused by viruses. We do not have any medication that treats these specific viruses but the body's immune system is very adept at getting rid of them. It usually takes 5-10 days for the infection to be cleared. In the meantime it is OK to take medications or home remedies to help with the symptoms ...Read more

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How fast can I make my upper respiratory tract infection go away?

How fast can I make my upper respiratory tract infection go away?

URTI: An upper respiratory infection usually will last 3-7 days if it is not complicated by sinus or middle ear infaction. Drink plenty of fluid such as gatorade to make up for the fluid that you are loosing from the runny nose and citrous juices provide vitamin c. Zinc (available in the form of zinc lozenges) has been shown to shorten urti by one day. ...Read more

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Does upper respiratory tract infection usually cause many symptoms?

URTI: Upper respiratory infection (urti) usually refer to symptoms of runny or congested nose +/- fever, malaise and aches and pain usually due to a virus such the influenza virus. However, urti may become complicated by sinus infection or middle ear infection, which will produce their own symptoms. Younger children often get middle ear infection in association with urti. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get upper respiratory tract infection?

Extremely common: Upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold or bronchitis, are one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter had cold and upper respiratory tract infection and she got dry cough for 12 days after the treatment. Should I give defcort? No night sle

My daughter had cold and upper respiratory tract infection and she got dry cough for 12 days after the treatment. Should I give defcort? No night sle

No until you: Have tried simpler "treatment"...eg: HUMIDIFIER.....and non-cortisone containing cough medication eg: Robitussin (guaifenesin) (OTC)
It takes a while during this season (summer colds) for cough's to go away!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get upper respiratory tract infection off and on?

Rarely: Certain patients get recurrent upper respiratory infections that exceed the normal number that most people are susceptible to getting. Sometimes people have allergic rhinitis/allergies that can be difficult to discern from a minor upper respiratory tract viral infection or sinusitis. Rarely, certain deficiencies in our immune system can cause recurrent respiratory infection, so talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm now taking Keflex 500mg 3 times a day for 10 days to treat a bacterial upper respiratory tract infection. Will it help?

I'm now taking Keflex 500mg 3 times a day for 10 days to treat a bacterial upper respiratory tract infection. Will it help?

Certainly could!: Keflex is a good choice, but no antibiotic kills every germ that can cause bronchitis. Wait and see. You should be showing some improvement in 3-5 days. If you have fever after 72 hours, or no change in the color of your sputum after 5 days, get re-checked, then another antibiotic can be tried. If you get worse, with shortness of breath, fever not controlled by tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, etc. To ER. ...Read more

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Having a broncho-constriction everyday at night with cough but no sputum, started two weeks ago after an upper respiratory tract infection, what to do?

Having a broncho-constriction everyday at night with cough but no sputum, started two weeks ago after an upper respiratory tract infection, what to do?

Lung function test: There can be prolonged inflammation in the lung following an infection. Your symptoms indicate that you may have post viral broncho constriction.
Your physician may order a pulmonary function test to determine if you have reactivity of the airway.
I would suggest a flu vaccine if there are no reasons in your medical history not to obtain one. ...Read more

Dr. Norma jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
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