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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Yes: There are several types: streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, atypical bacteria such as chlamydophila pneumoniae, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and legionella pneumophila. Also sometimes haemophilus influenzae, klebsiella pneumoniae, escherichia coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa and moraxella catarrhalis. ...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

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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

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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

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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

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What is the definition or description of: respiratory tract infections?

What is the definition or description of: respiratory tract infections?

See below: 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 virus, bacteria or fungus. ...Read more

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What is the function of hyaline cartilage rings in the respiratory tract?

What is the function of hyaline cartilage rings in the respiratory tract?

2 keep the airway-: -from collapsing. There's a tendency for it 2 collapse if they were not there. This is 2 counteract Burnullies principal, which also is used by airplane wings 2 give lift.

The faster the air moves, the pressure decreases. Just watch Ur nostrils when U take a deep breath through Ur nose, U will notice that they collapse. This is why nasal stripes R used . help nasal breathes sleep better. ...Read more

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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 he dose of clindamycin in respiratory tract infections i?

600mg: This dose 3 times daily, each 8 hours apart should do it. Care is to be taken as to the real reason for it, the extent of the drug need and the side effects like c diff infection. ...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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Could you tell me what is the function of hyaline cartilage rings in the walls of certain structures of the respiratory tract?

Could you tell me what is the function of hyaline cartilage rings in the walls of certain structures of the respiratory tract?

Structural support: Act as structural support to keep the bronchus open when creating negative pressure on inspiration, and stable on expiration with increase positive pressure. ...Read more

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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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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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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?

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 can a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

Worsening: Respiratory infection can become pneumonia, increase in size, and cause much of the lung to be not functional. There is also necrosis of the lung or death of the tissue causing a nonfunctional lung tissue. It can also lead to sepsis which can overwhelm the person and cause multi organ failure. ...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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How does a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

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How does a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

Exhaustion: A respiratory tract infection can increase work of breathing due to inflammation of the airways or filling of the airspaces with fluid; this increase in work can go beyond what the patient can sustain, especially if they are older and otherwise sick. ...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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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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I want to ask u about respiratory tract infiction who is 12month old.Drs here gave him inhaler of ventolin 3times aday.Is it ok !or there are side eff?

I want to ask u about respiratory tract infiction who is 12month old.Drs here gave him inhaler of ventolin 3times aday.Is it ok !or there are side eff?

Ventolin ; infection: It is not uncommon for children to get viral respiratory infections, that cause them to have wheezing as an accompanying symptom. The ventolin is given to help with the wheezing and allow the child to breath better. A common side effect to the medication can be an elevation in the child heart rate, but this is not usually a problem. 3 times a day for the ventolin is also not excessive. ...Read more

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