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Dr. Mark Rausch
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Upper Respiratory Tract Symptom (Overview)

Upper respiratory tract symptoms are symptoms affecting the nose, mouth, sinuses, and upper airways leading to the lungs. These symptoms can include cough, throat pain, sinus congestion, and sneezing.


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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. Mark Rausch
29 doctors shared insights

Upper Respiratory Tract Symptom (Overview)

Upper respiratory tract symptoms are symptoms affecting the nose, mouth, sinuses, and upper airways leading to the lungs. These symptoms can include cough, throat pain, sinus congestion, and sneezing.


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What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

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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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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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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Is it true that salt inhaler pipes are effective at cleansing the upper respiratory tract?

Is it true that salt inhaler pipes are effective at cleansing the upper respiratory tract?

Unusual: This sounds like a gimmick. There are many medications that can clear the upper respiratory tract such as "ocean spray", available over the counter without prescriptions. Best to check with your doc to be safe. ...Read more

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Whose more susceptible to getting upper respiratory tract infections?

Contact route, Body: It depends on two major categories: 1. How you get it: direct contact, respiratory contacts and how close you are to source i.E school, family member. 2. How strong you are: age is a major factor, neonates, infants and elderly are at the highest risk, also immunosuppressed patients can be the most susceptible ones. Why more in cold weather? People more indoor, schools are open, low humidity. ...Read more

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Have valsartan some adverse effects on upper respiratory tract?

Have valsartan some adverse effects on upper respiratory tract?

Possibly: There have been reports of signs that may mimic an upper respiratory infection. if the symptoms are troublesome contact your PCP to switch the medication. ...Read more

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What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

Lower respiratory: Upper respiratory infections involve upper airways such as throat, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea as, nd bronchi. When the disease process in the bronchi, or bronchitis, continues, it could begin to involve lower airways in the lung tissues, which is then more advanced lower respiratory infections or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Why is viral upper respiratory tract infections usually benign and that of lower respiratory severe? Explanations please?

Why is viral upper respiratory tract infections usually benign and that of lower respiratory severe? Explanations please?

Different causes: The upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, upper airways) are usually infected by viruses. While annoying, these viruses can be cleared by our immune systems without much problem. The lower respiratory tract (bronchioles and air sacs of the lung) are more susceptible to more serious bacterial infections. These often require antibiotics to clear the infection. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Respiratory System (Definition)

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Respiratory (Definition)

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