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What Divides The Upper Respiratory From The Lower Respiratory
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why might my kindergarten-aged child have a lower body temp during a respiratory virus? 95.2 axillary. Was 99.1 earlier.
Axillary temperature: Axillary temperature is 1.5 to 2 degrees lower than body temperature, so 99.1 is actually 100.6 to 101.1. Body temperature vaires during an infection depending on the body's response to fight the infection. ...Read more
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
Why do infants have lower blood pressure than adults when their heart and respiratory rates are higher?
Needs of the system: The blood pressure needs to be just high enough to push the blood around through the vessels & supply the needs of the body.Babies have shorter & narrower pipes to push the blood through so the pressure can be lower.Babies have a faster metabolism than adults, & the higher heart & respiratory rates that add the oxygen (at low pressure) to help them grow. ...Read more
My son is 4 and weighs 34lbs he has an upper n lower respiratory infection he also has asthma oxygen level is 91 is that normal?
SeekEvaluationToday!: The oxygen saturation of 91% is lower than we like to see generally speaking. Given his history of asthma in addition to his current respiratory infection he really needs to be evaluated either in the pediatrician's office today (or the ED if unable to get appointment). It may be that you just need to increase the frequency of his asthma meds, but only after a thorough evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was sick with upper respiratory infection and i coughed hard and felt a pop in my lower ribcage on left side its been a week and still in pain?
See below: It sounds as if you've subluxaed one of your ribs. There's not much to do about them other than symptom control. ...Read more
Lower respiratory infectionwith afclarithromycin 6 days worsened, doxycycline same clear phlem & cough bit better not gone could peg site be the course?
Time to see doctor: Heart failure does lead to edema in the legs. A person with difficulty breathing needs to see his doctor right away, or be seen in the E.R. Right away. Other problems can be occurring at the same time that there is heart failure, such as fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, heart attack, etc.... ...Read more
Cold and lower respiratory infection Almost done with zpak Pain in lower chest when breating In just started fever has not gone away Cause for concern?
Lower respiratory infection caused by smoking too many cigarettes, breath smells like metal, can I use a humidifer or should I stay away fr moisture?
My 30mnth old hd flu, cough n lower respiratory infection he got amoxilin for 3days, review shwd tonsils, more meds-proximexa, his breath smells bad why
Many causes: This condition may be caused by a number of conditions. Infections, inflammation, bleeding disorders, masses, pulmo- renal disease, certain forms of autoimmune disease, chronic bronchiectasis, TB and the list goes on. Doctors assess for upper airway sources as well to determine if the blood is indeed from the lower tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Enterobacter aerogenes found in lower respitory track after bronch put on 750 mg levaquin (levofloxacin) but feel like this may not be enough due to resistance...
Mgt: If you are recovering while on the medication, I would recommend remaining on the medication. If not, the lab can provide additional information about alternate antibiotics, ...Read more
Is Antibiotic Cefuroxime Axetil effective against both upper and lower respitory infections or effective only against upper respitory infection?
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