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Will a viral respiratory infection cause tinnitus to get worse?

Will a viral respiratory infection cause tinnitus to get worse?

Possibly: Respiratory infections can cause the retention of fluid behind the ear drum. This can result in some hearing loss. This can increase the conspicuousness of tinnitus. Furthermore, this fluid can have toxins also possibly producing tinnitus when none was previously present. ...Read more

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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


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I had a viral respiratory infection, & now I have sinus pain. I also have painful swelling & a lump on the roof of my mouth. Can the sinus cause this?

I had a viral respiratory infection, & now I have sinus pain. I also have painful swelling & a lump on the roof of my mouth. Can the sinus cause this?

No: Sinus infections do not usually produce a painful swelling on the roof of the mouth. The two problems may be related in that a viral infection may lead to both conditions. The painful lump should be investigated by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Friend diagnosed with viral respiratory infection. Is this contagious? Should I stay away from him until he's well?

Friend diagnosed with viral respiratory infection. Is this contagious? Should I stay away from him until he's well?

Yes and yes: Viral respiratory infections range from the common cold to the seasonal flu, to some really bad viruses like SARS. If the doctor just said viral respiratory infection, and did not say The Flu or say anything worse, it most likely is due to one of the >100 common cold viruses. So, yes it is contagious through the air, and by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching one's eyes/nose/mouth. ...Read more

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How long does a viral respiratory infection last in infants and toddlers? And can their eye puff up because of it?

How long does a viral respiratory infection last in infants and toddlers? And can their eye puff up because of it?

Varies: Most simple colds will run their course in a week or so. The occasional kid that picks up the RSV virus will peak and improve within a week but may have intermittent wheeziness and cough for a month or more. When your kid seems to feel bad and have difficulty keeping up with fluid needs it is time to have them evaluated. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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Hi, i get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should i worry?

Hi, i get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should i worry?

Probably okay: This is probably not a concern. Viruses that cause upper respiratory infections are common. Here's some things to do to try and prevent getting infected. Wash hands frequently and keep them away from your face. Avoid areas where people are coughing and sneezing. Check with your doctor to get some basic lab test done. ...Read more

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I have a viral upper respiratory infection and in the past 3 days I've lost 12 pounds and I have been eating full meals do you know what it could be ?

I have a viral upper respiratory infection and in the past 3 days I've lost 12 pounds and I have been eating full meals do you know what it could be ?

Highly unlikely: See your doctor if it is not simple dehydration. Start drinking as much water as you can at least 60 ounces a day. If this does not help you check with your doctor. Also if your doctor diagnosed your condition you need a follow up. Only obese people are able to lose that much weight relatively quickly from not eating when sick. ...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. Al Hegab
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom in which a person has a persistent noise in his ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more