Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Divides The Upper And Lower Respiratory Tract

Share
1

1
What's the difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infection ?

What's the difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infection ?

The term....: "upper respiratory infection" usually refers to the common cold, but generally means any infection that effects the upper part of the respiratory (breathing) system, namely the nose and throat. The lower respiratory tract is made up of the large airways and the lungs. A lower respiratory infection usually means bronchitis or pneumonia, tends to be more severe and to affect breathing much more. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
7 doctors shared insights

Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


2

2
Icd 9 code for lower respiratory tract illness?

Icd 9 code for lower respiratory tract illness?

Too many: There are multiple different lower respiratory tract illnesses. Bronchitis, pneumonia, copd, asthma, etc., etc., etc. You can probably pick your illness and simply google the icd-9 code. Best wishes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Whose more susceptible to getting lower respiratory tract infections?

Whose more susceptible to getting lower respiratory tract infections?

Chronic lung disease: Anyone with chronic lung disease, such as asthma, smokers, those with immune problems, and elderly people, are more at risk. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Yes: Certain viruses are the common causes of lower respiratory tract infection: respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and human metapneumovirus, also with some attention to rhinoviruses and some new viruses (human coronaviruses and bocavirus). ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Yes: Bronchitis and pneumonia can be caused by many viruses, many bacteria, and all the same infectious agents that can cause one person a simple cold, sore throat, ear or sinus infection, may cause another person bronchitis, or pneumonia. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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

8

8
I want to know my options for treating foreign body in respiratory tract?

I want to know my options for treating foreign body in respiratory tract?

REMOVE FB's: Any foreign body in 'the respiratory tract' probably should be removed. Foreign bodies in the bronchi/trachea of the lungs can cause irritation, cough, infection and bronchoscopy by a pulmonologist is the best way to manage the problem. Foreign bodies in the nasal/sinus areas may be managed by primary care or ENT depending how accessible they are. I have removed tiny objects from toddler noses! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Is there any way to protect my respiratory tract from pollution?

Is there any way to protect my respiratory tract from pollution?

Not really: By using special masks you can decreased the chances but we are all involved in this planet we need to drecreased pollution, recycle products & help the environment. But any contaminant could travel thousand of miles to another country or place, then we are all involeved & difficult to stay out of it. ...Read more

10

10
Why do we share a respiratory system with a digestive tract?

Why do we share a respiratory system with a digestive tract?

Ontogeny: Recapitulates Phylogeny. This article explains the whole concept: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recapitulation_theory ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
1 doctor shared a insight

Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more