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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?

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...

If you got a viral respiratory infection and it turns to Bacteria can salt water gargle kill bacteria and save trip to doctor?

Sometimes. Yes, if you catch it early and do the gargles frequently. Listerine gargles have been show to also be effective and shorten even the vira lillnesses. Needs to be every 4 hours for the first 5 days of the illness.l. Read more...

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...

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...
Symptoms... Typically, with a bacterial respiratory infection, the fever tends to be higher and the sputum tends to be discolored from baseline. The white blood cell count is often elevated. With a viral respiratory infection, the fever tends to be low-grade and the cough can be non-productive or clear sputum. However, there is considerable overlap so, if symptoms don't improve over a few days, see a doctor! Read more...