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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin Dr. Banipalsin
Family Medicine
years in practice
Ghazvin University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
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Whose more susceptible to getting upper respiratory tract infections?

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.

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin Dr. Banipalsin
Family Medicine
years in practice
Ghazvin University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
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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.

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Dr. Michio Abe Dr. Abe
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Henry Bloom Dr. Bloom
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin Dr. Banipalsin
Family Medicine
years in practice
Ghazvin University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
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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).

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Henry Selke Dr. Selke
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
12 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Sanjay Agarwal Dr. Agarwal
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
22 years in practice
Bangalore University, Bangalore Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Tonga Nfor Dr. Nfor
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
12 years in practice
University of Edinburgh Medical School
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30 years old female, constant respiratory tract infections, heart rate rises and breathless very easily. Help?

30 years old female, constant respiratory tract infections, heart rate rises and breathless very easily. Help?

Chronic lung disease: Frequent lung infections can cause chronic inflammation and scarring in the lung tissue. This would decrease how effectively the lung can extract oxygen from air you breath and eliminate cardondioxide (co2). In that case your heart needs to work harder and faster especially when u perform physical activity.

Dr. Mark Kuhnke Dr. Kuhnke
Surgery
36 years in practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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If norovirus got into the respiratory tract... Can it cause a respiratory infection?

If norovirus got into the respiratory tract... Can it cause a respiratory infection?

Sort of...: Norovirus usually causes more GI problems than pulmonary, but cough can develop. Usually, an infection is self limited, but if it was severe, and you became physically diminished, then secondary pneumonia could develop. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Upper respiratory tract infections and hepatic abscess. Can amoxicillin treat this?

Upper respiratory tract infections and hepatic abscess. Can amoxicillin treat this?

Need more than that: Amoxicilline is not the drug of choice, depends on culture and sensitivity, especially hepatic abscess (and the cause of it, may need intervention).

Dr. Henry Bloom Dr. Bloom
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Jason Black Dr. Black
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Rashed Hasan Dr. Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
30 years in practice
King Saud University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Rashed Hasan Dr. Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
30 years in practice
King Saud University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Nestor Del rosario Dr. Del rosario
Addiction Medicine
30 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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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.

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